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American Goldfinch


Bird Feeder Plans Drawn Especially for Goldfinches

Also known as the “wild canary”, the goldfinch brings a brilliant splash of color to any backyard.  This migratory bird winters in the south and then makes its way to the north as spring gets under way.  How can you make your backyard a favorite stopping point for these great birds?  With the right bird feeder plans, you can easily attract these social birds.

Invest in an upside down finch feeder and bird feeder plans with be unnecessary.

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“If you build it, they will come” can be easily translated to “If you put out thistle, they will come” for goldfinch lovers.  These birds like weeds, seeds, and flowers!  So if your yard has a lot of thickets, patches of thistles, cosmos, sunflowers, birch, mulberry, hemlock, zinnia, elm, and other goodies, you’re off to a good start. If not, make sure your bird feeder plans include thistle, black oil sunflower, and a source of water for bathing.

If you want to attract and keep the goldfinch, try a special thistle finch feeder.  These are similar to tube feeders and have very small holes.  You can also use thistle sacks, which have nylon mesh that the birds hang on and pull seeds from.  A variation of this is a metal or plastic mesh that lasts longer and is a bit sturdier.  You can buy these in stores for about $20 or more, or find finch bird feeder plans online and do it yourself for next to nothing.  The birds only care about getting their thistle and seed – so if you want to make a feeder from a Tube-Pak or other cylinder, go ahead.  The goldfinches will be more than happy with your efforts.

The unafraid red-breasted nuthatch will eat seed from the palm of your hand.

The Nuthatch — Unafraid of Humans

Keeping the Beautiful Nuthatch Happy in Your Yard

Penguins aren’t the only birds who know how to get dressed up. The Nuthatch is distinguished by his blue-gray topcoat and dapper striped head.  This little suited fellow also has another interesting trait:  he will walk head-first down tree trunks.  Besides being fun to watch, this bird is also excellent for the health of your yard.  You’ll need some special bird feeder plans to get this bird to visit, but you’ll be glad you did.

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Strolling Down the Tree Trunk

Nuthatches are favorites of bird lovers because they are so pleasant to be around.  Unlike aggressive and territorial birds, like the woodpecker or bluejay, or overly skittish birds, like the cardinal, the nuthatch is largely unafraid of humans.  If you attract them to your backyard, you can enjoy watching them, and even try your hand at teaching them how to eat out of your hand.

Nuthatches patrol your trees, head-first, looking for caterpillars, wood borers, beetles, and other insects that can harm your trees.  They also love suet.  You can supplement their diet of bugs with a log feeder with peanut suet plugs.  What is this?  It’s a great DIY project!  Bird feeder plans for a log feeder are easy to follow and effective at drawing nuthatches.  Simply find a small log (2.5 – 4 inches in diameter, 12 inches long), and bore some round holes in it. Fill the holes with peanut butter-suet and hang.  This appeals to nuthatches because the food is high in oil and calories, which is essential, particularly in the winter.

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DIY – Fill With Peanut Butter or Suet Plugs

A log feeder is essentially a simple tube feeder, and you can find tube suet bird feeder plans all over the internet.  They really are quite easy to make, and even better, they are effective.  Birds sometimes burn as much as half their calories just trying to stay warm, so you will be virtually guaranteed a nuthatch visit if you provide them with nutrient-rich suet and peanut butter.

Go here for more suet bird feeder plans, or just make one yourself like the one on your right.  Then get ready for these delightful visitors!

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Draw Beautiful Birds with Tube Bird Feeders

Sometimes, timid songbirds avoid bird feeders at which more aggressive birds – like the mockingbird or even hummingbird – dine.  This is true,

Excerpt from a set of tube bird feeder plans for a hanging, rectangular, wooden tube bird feeder with 3 perches each on two sides to accommodate several birds at one time

Tube Bird Feeder Plans

especially, of smaller birds like the golden finch.  Whether you are trying to attract these birds to your yard or to feed them in a separate location from your resident mockingbird or other territorial winged friend, tube bird feeders may be the answer.

Tube bird feeder plans are designed to accommodate multiple birds at different perches, while the tube style design keeps the seeds from being exposed to the elements.  As you would expect, these feeders are tube-shaped or cylindrical and feature multiple small perches or holes for feeding.  Depending on the type of bird you want to attract, you can opt to add perches.  Birds like finches, woodpeckers, and chickadees do not need them.

You can modify or adapt your bird feeder plans to attract the type of bird or birds you want.  In addition to adding or removing perches, you can also customize the tube feeder for a specific type of seed.  You can, for instance, work on drawing finches by choosing a design that accommodates only black oil sunflower seeds or thistles.  If you are less discriminating, you can find or

Wooden, rectangular tube feeder made from bird feeder plans which has three perches on each of two sides so as to allow several birds to feed at the same time.

Wooden Tube Bird Feeder Project

make bird feeders that have different tubes, allowing you to offer different types of seed.  If you want to discourage large birds from feeding, small perches can be effective.

While tube bird feeders do have a characteristic shape and are hung from a tree or attached to a pole, there are any number of modifications you can make to your bird feeder plans so you draw the backyard visitors you want.

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