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Old 22nd April 2010, 08:31 PM   #1
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Hello
I'm new here and just thought i'd ask a few questions...

I would absolutely LOVE to attract nuthatches and goldfinches to my garden.
I put out:
whole un-salted peanuts
niger seed
dead dried mealworms
bird-seed mixes
suet balls
fruit and seed bird cakes
and there is a bird bath in the garden.

Any suggestions ???? am i doing the right stuff??
Thanks guys
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Old 23rd April 2010, 08:07 AM   #2
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Hi Nature Lover,

I am new to bird watching too (since December) so still learning as I go along.

I pretty much put out the same food as you except I don't use seed mixes, I use sunflower hearts and the RSPB no mess sunflower mix. The Tits love these foods and so do Finches. I had my first two Goldfinches visit just this week, so, you can see it has taken 5 months, but I must say that previous to this I had not even seen Finches in my area. If you have seen them in your area, hopefully they will visit your garden sooner. I have put out Niger seed for them but they still prefer the sunflower hearts.

I hope this helps a little, and that Nuthatches and Goldfinches will visit soon.

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Old 23rd April 2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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I agree with Beebee as regards goldfinches, but can't speak for nuthatches, as I have never seen one around here.
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Old 23rd April 2010, 05:13 PM   #4
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Hello beebe and jandy,
Actually, sunflower seeds are just about the one thing i haven't tried!
Don't know why I didn't think of it be4
Thankyou both for your advice,
and if i see either of these birds in my garden, ill post on here to give you the good news!
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Old 24th April 2010, 10:18 AM   #5
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I actually go for kibbled sunflower hearts, which are enjoyed by the greatest range of small birds (I have even seen the robin on them!). I find the ordinary sunflower seeds, with husks on, tend to be more eaten by greenfinches than goldfinches, so some of the feeders are filled with them as part of a seed mix, as well as putting them on the bird table.
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Old 24th April 2010, 03:12 PM   #6
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Keep waiting, be patient, (I know its hard) If Goldie's are in your area they will come, Have you seen them in your local area?, They are in my area, sometimes I see them when I walk the dog and when i come home fro work early morning about 6am I see a nice little charm.
We have them coming back from warmer climates where they have over wintered so people should start seeing them a bit more now I would think.
Some stay here during the winter and some go abroad.
My goldfinches prefer the sunflower hearts to the nyger feeder, I see lots of people say this is the same as their Goldie's.
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Old 24th April 2010, 04:40 PM   #7
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no I havent as of yet,
but i have only been living in this area since autumn , so never seen it in summer or spring till now.
I've seen bullfinches and chaffinches but not even a greenfinch yet,
which i'd actually love to have in the garden, too!
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Old 6th May 2010, 05:17 PM   #8
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Great news guys!
I have just seen two green finches in the area..
I never had before!
I didn't even know there was any around here!
There's always more than you think!
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Old 6th May 2010, 05:18 PM   #9
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and... I've bought lots of sunflower seeds
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Old 6th May 2010, 06:35 PM   #10
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It's great isn't it when you spot a new bird. I had never seen finches of any sort in my area, so I was extremely surprised and pleased when I saw two goldfinches and more recently, two green finches. They prefer the sunflower hearts to the niger seed, in fact I haven't seen anything touch the niger seed. It just goes to show, it is worth putting out many types of food, 'cause you just don't know what is going to come along next.
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