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Thistle feeders, or as they are more commonly known, nyjer (sometimes spelt niger) seed feeders, make a great addition to any backyard because of their amazing attraction power.
Nyjer seed feeders are just what the “bird” doctor ordered if you want to attract Goldfinches to your yard.
The prospect of dozens of brightly colored yellow birds flitting about my backyard brings a big smile to my face.
Remember that Goldfinches are year-round visitors to your backyard. However, you may not recognize them as easily in the winter.
As winter approaches, the males undergo a cosmetic change.
Their brilliant yellow fades and it is difficult to tell them apart from the paler females.
Goldfinches will nosh on many different bird seeds, but thistle seed, which is also known as nyjer seed, is their very favorite food.
So, if you keep a well-stocked thistle feeder in your backyard, you will have flocks of visitors twelve months of the year.
Surprise! Thistle bird seed or also called nyjer seed. (Couldn’t resist.) ;)
So, the answer to this problem is simple. You need to pay a visit to your local wild bird store and purchase a thistle feeder. These cylindrical feeders have tiny narrow port holes. This means that the seeds cannot easily fall out or be blown away.
I have never heard a negative comment concerning the use of a nyjer seed feeder, except for 2 things:
2. Disappearing birds during seasonal changes.
Most bird watchers are delighted with the entertainment provided by their visitors to a thistle bird feeder.
But thistle feeders do not only attract Goldfinches. House Finches, Purple Finches and Chickadees love to join the hoards of Goldfinches at thistle feeders.
But, the dining guests are not limited to these birds. We have often seen Mourning Doves and Sparrows of various kinds on the ground below our nyjer seed feeder, cleaning up the nyjer seeds that have been spilled from the feeder.
Other birds as they migrate through our area will stop in too, such as Juncos in the autumn.
So if you want your backyard alive with color, cheery sounds and lots of wild bird activity put out a thistle feeder and enjoy!