Tucson, Arizona

Attract More Goldfinches to Your Yard

Goldfinches move around a lot. It is reported that 25 to 100 different goldfinches can visit a feeder in one day. While lesser goldfinches in the deserts of Tucson and the surrounding area are not migratory, the American Goldfinches, living in the rest of North America, increase their feeding activities at feeders during the spring and will feed all summer long. The southern states are their typical wintering ground, and they fly farther north to spend the spring and summer.

 

Goldfinch on Seed Tube

Food

    Goldfinches’ favorite food is Nyjer® (thistle). It’s high in protein and fat (which they love) and helps meet the demands of nesting and raising a family.
Goldfinches on an EcoClean® Finch Feeder

Feeders

    Our Quick-Clean® Finch Feeders are specially-designed for Nyjer seed and are perfect for the small bills of goldfinches. These feeders protect food from excess moisture and are easy to clean with their removable bases.
    We also offer Mesh Finch Feeders that are perfect for attracting goldfinches and meeting their needs.
Goldfinch on Birdbath

Water

    Goldfinches are almost exclusively vegetarians. Unlike many birds that feed their young insects, goldfinches feed their young seeds. Because of this high-vegetation diet, they drink a lot of water.
    Goldfinches will also use a bird bath for bathing. Attract birds with more success with a Water Wiggler™. It creates ripples in the water to attract birds’ attention. The ripples also prevent mosquitoes from using the bath as a breeding ground.