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Old 05-30-2013, 02:27 PM   #5
Helianthus
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I love goldfinches for their independence! They seem to prefer finding their own natural seeds more than just mooching off of folks like us. My yard is lousy with them in the summers when my sunflowers and black eyed susans are finishing up. Plant those things and you'll see them pulling seeds out while the lazy English sparrows watch in envy.

Another thing you can try are the upside down feeders. These have the footholds right above the feeding holes so the finches have to hang upside down to get the seeds out. It takes them a bit to figure it out, but the loser sparrows never do. Chickadees also can hang upside down to pull out the nyjer seeds!

-Andrew
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