Set up a finch feeder

Attract Goldfinches, Purple Finches, House Finches and Pine Siskins.

 Strike gold – and then some! Summer is a great time to attract Goldfinches, Purple Finches, House Finches and Pine Siskins with thistle seed (a.k.a. Nyjer). You’ll see a burst of color and variety at your feeder well into the season. American goldfinches are a late breeding bird and babies won’t leave the nest until August.

Try these tips:

  • Hang a finch tube feeder from a branch or hook. Finches are very agile and can easily land on the swaying feeder where larger or nuisance birds may have more trouble.
  • The tiny openings on a finch feeder keep the small seed contained.
  • Squirrels tend to avoid thistle, but if they do raid your feeders, look for metal-reinforced ports and perches.
  • Mesh socks are good for dispensing Nyjer seed. If it rains, replace the wet seed so it won’t develop mold.


Nyjer® is a registered trademark of the Wild Bird Feeding Institute