How To Attract Goldfinches To Your Garden
- Goldfinches are known to love Nyger seed, which is a small black seed full of healthy proteins and oils. Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Redpolls are known to return to Nyger Seed feeders (as well as Siskins).
- Sunflower Hearts are also popular with Goldfinches as they are very soft and easy for the small Goldfinch bills to break through.
- Be patient when you first set up feeders to attract Goldfinches. It can take a long time for Goldfinches to find a new food supply, that includes a food supply in a new garden to them and also new feeders in a familiar garden.
- Goldfinches rarely feed on the ground so try using high quality hanging seed feeders for your sunflower hearts and nyger feeders for your nyger seed.
- Try and use seed feeders with multiple perches. Goldfinches tend to stay in large groups of anything from 2 up to 10 birds. Using feeders with multiple perches allows lots of Goldfinches around one feeder and also lets them sit and wait their turn at the feeding holes. If you don’t use multiple feeders with perches you might notice lots of Goldfinches fluttering around the feeders and eventually leaving.
- If you want to try something more natural then Goldfinches are known to love the teasel plant, lavender and dandelions. All of which are very easy to get hold of in the UK and fairly simple to maintain.
- Start small. Seed and feeders can be expensive and it can take a long time for Goldfinches to find your garden – so until that happens, start out with an inexpensive feeder. We recommend the Goldfinch Finder; a small feeder full of nyger seed that retails for around £3.50. You can find them on our website here.