I happened to snap a photo of something exciting last week:

Notice anything unusual about this? The photo is a bit shadowy, but take a close look.


Yep, it's a finch actually using the finch feeder!

I recently wrote about how I can't seem to get them to eat from the feeders anymore. Then one morning I saw a titmouse land on the screen feeder, give it a couple of pecks, then fly off. A minute later the goldfinch landed -- it must have been watching from a nearby branch, right?

This is what I usually see:

The house finches just using the "regular" feeders. You've got a whole feeder to yourself guy -- please use it!

There's hope yet for finch feeding in my garden this year!


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Anonymous –   – (February 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM)  

Awesome Alan! Then finches are so cool ... such vibrant colors! I had about 10 females all feeding at once the other day. Do you ever get woodpeckers? They are another favorite! -jeremy

Kris Peterson  – (February 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM)  

Maybe there was something off with the seed you were using. I had a similar problem - loads of finches, then nada. I've seen an uptick of late but still nothing like the numbers I used to see. I stopped buying the uber-expensive Nyger seed, though, which may account for a lot in my own case...

Jason  – (February 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM)  

In my experience the goldfinches, and most of the other birds, seem to follow mysterious patterns in terms of their feeding practices.

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