Hi all I’m new to bird watching. I put out a pole feeder with 3 hanging feeders 4 months ago. One feeder is sunflower hearts, the other is suet balls and last one is nyger seeds.
The sunflower hearts are eaten by robins, blue tits occ and the occ sparrow. The suet ball is the most popular with blue tits and robins coming everyday.
My question is why hasn’t my nyger feeder been touched by goldfinches??
I see goldfinches at the front of my house on the green near road so why won’t they come in my backyard? I’m so desperate to see them but no luck yet. I do have a big garden with conifers all the way round, we have recently planted a tree. Also I’ve planted sunflowers, marigold and teasel. Not sure what else I can do. Any suggestions.
Our Goldfinches only seem to like sitting on perches, they don't like the caged fatballs (anti-squirrel) or the caged seed feeder. We have a sprung feeder hung from a hanging basket hook and they will contentedly sit their stuffing their face with a seed mixture of "finch feed" from the local pet shop with added niger seed.
Our nervous Great Spotted Woodpeckers also appreciate that feeder, in fact, we've had a lot of different finches and they all go to that feeder in preference to the others.
Not all birds have the dexterity - so Tits and Nuthatches are quite able to cope with caged feeders, and hanging off things, while robins and finches are more partial to ground feeding and easy perches - we watched a robin take some time to master getting into a cage.
Not my best pic but shows a couple munching away contentedly on a perch right next to the house.
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