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Goldfinch nest in the Wisteria!

Posted by British Bird Food 07/06/2012 0 Comment(s)
Everyone loves to see Goldfinches in their garden. We have had varying degrees of success in terms of feeding and keeping them in the garden. We find that they come for a while and then disappear, only to return after a few weeks. We feed Robin and Tit food in the mesh tray, and High Energy no mess in one of the tube feeders. The High energy food is the one Goldfinches prefer, mainly because of the high sunflower heart content and some people feed straight Sunflower Hearts, these are also good for bringing in the Goldfinches. But, of course, there is the Goldfinch magnet! Niger seed. Niger seed is very fine seeds and requires a special feeding aperture of about 3mm. Droll Yankees niger feeders and Squirrel proof niger feeders are available for our on-line shop. We are so lucky this year, a pair of Goldfinches have decided to set up home in our wisteria shrub / climbing-plant. They lived in the garden any weeks ago in April, they sat on the phone wire above the Wisteria and waited -for at least three weeks for the leaves to come out sufficiently to offer cover for the nest. The Wisteria plant puts up flowers before leaves and so we were treated to a magnificent display of lilac and white flowers before they dropped and the leaves came. The Two Goldfinches immediately started to build and now they have completed the nest. Unfortunately I cannot get close to the nest without disturbing the birds and so we must wait to see if they will be successful in breeding in the spot this year. Last year we had a Robin nesting just outside the wild bird food pack-house door and were able to offer mealworms to him. This year the Goldfinches have their own supply of Sunflower Hearts on a wall close to the nesting site and we will see if they will find them. We also have two House Martins nesting in the potting shed, another story for another day I think!

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