For many years we rarely got more than a handful of American Goldfinches in our garden.
I’d buy some thistle seed, fill the feeder and wait …
… until the thistle seeds finally got moldy.
Since just about all birds love black oil sunflower seeds and suet
I decided on just those two options being served at our Sanctuary Buffet.
After several years without thistle seed in the garden I noticed a few goldfinches visiting.
Once I restarted the thistle several dozen Goldfinches started to stop by several times a day!
Goldfinches also love nibbling on the leaves of sunflower plants.
They also seem to enjoy eating spent iris flowers,
and the seeds of various other flowers I grow.
Female American Goldfinches are pale yellow to olive on their backs.
Male American Goldfinches sport a black cap and are bright yellow during the summer.
These gregarious birds always arrive in noisy large flocks.
They are a ray of sunshine on a grey day!