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Old 30th December 2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Feeding finches!

Hi, new to the site but interested in learning pointers about encouraging birds to my garden. Quite secluded and quite already have a range of popular birds but for some reason no finches, I can remember seeing finches a while back and they are in the area. Can you suggest feeders and feed that may help?
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Old 30th December 2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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Hi Walt.

Being originally from near your neck of the woods there are certainly plenty of finches around. I've found that sunflower hearts are the all round winner when it comes to finches. We get the four main finches - gold, green, bull and chaffinches - as well as siskins, redpolls, and this winter for the first time some bramblings. They're all fond of sunflower hearts. Whatever is around will find your food eventually.

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Old 30th December 2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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I haven't had any in my garden this winter either. From memory they tend to prefer a fixed seed feeder rather than a hanging one. If your seed feeders are all swinging from brackets this may put them off a little. Also the weather has generally been quite mild, if wet, so they just may not feel the need to move into a new feeding area yet.
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Old 30th December 2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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Thanks guys will take that advise and put it to the test...
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Old 7th January 2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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No finches as yet but today must have been ten long tailed tits feeding, great to see.....
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Old 7th January 2013, 10:59 PM   #6
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Yep, that's great to see. They are occasional visitors to our garden. It's funny how things come and go. I hadn't seen any bullfinches since before Christmas and then at the weekend there were 3 males and 2 females all there at once. I suspect there was another female somewhere since they always seem to travel in pairs.
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Old 8th January 2013, 03:45 PM   #7
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I have to agree with another post and find that sunflower hearts or kibbled hearts are always the birds favourite choice of food, although some sort of fat product also goes down a treat.
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Old 17th April 2013, 12:07 PM   #8
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Things are diff looking up this past few week regarding finches. I have started using sunflower hearts which has encouraged regular visits from gold finches which I'm really pleased about. The other nice thing to see is a regular visit from mistle thrush.
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Old 21st April 2013, 08:01 PM   #9
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All our seed feeders are hanging, rather than fixed, and I have never noticed this putting the finches off, even on very windy days. Half our feeders are filled with sunflower hearts, the favourite of the goldfinches, and the rest with mixed seed, which the greenfinches and sparrows seem to prefer.
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