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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.

Working to Get the Warbler into Your Yard


They are often called the “butterflies of the bird world.” It is easy to

Suet bird feeder plans are best for the Warblers.

Black Throated Blue Warbler

see why when you spot one of these energetic, beautiful warblers.  But if you want to spot one (or more!) in your yard, you need the right bird feeder plans.  Here are some tips to make your yard a regular hangout for warblers.

You’ll have to work if you want warblers.  They are not the most common of backyard visitors, but they do repay your efforts by eating insects that can ruin your lawn or garden. One of the most important features for attracting warblers is the presence of trees, particularly cypress, pine, oak, willow, and sycamore.

Warblers  like to nest there, building their nests from plant materials, spider webs, bark, and grass.  They also like the protection and cover that these trees offer, which is especially important during migration.  Other goodies that can help you attract and keep warblers include berry bushes, such as bayberry, mulberry, blackberry, honeysuckle, and junipers. They like poison ivy – so if you know you won’t accidentally step in a patch, you might leave that one for the birds.

If your yard is lacking in some of these amenities, you may still be able to lure the warbler, especially in the fall and winter when insects are more scarce.  Many warblers like black oil sunflower seed, but suet may be a better

Suet bird feeder plans are best to make a feeder for the red faced warbler.

Red Faced Warbler

bet.  This provides a great source of fats and calories, which are particularly important coming into the cold season.  Try suet feeders, suet cakes, or

simply smear suet in the bark of a tree.

You can find suet bird feeder plans online or buy a pre-made model.  Also, make sure there is a birdbath nearby.  They like the sound of dripping water, so if you really want warblers, think about creating a more complex running water, mister, or drip system.

Too much work?  Not for the bird lover who appreciates the bright, charming warbler.  Warblers are so enjoyed by those who know them that a Field Guide was written about them.  Click on the link below to be taken to Amazon.com to see a review on this book.

Stokes Field Guide to Warblers


A rare find, the golden winged warbler, prefers feeder made from suet bird feeder plans too.

Golden Winged Warbler

Pine Warbler eating from a suet bird feeder.

Pine Warbler Eating Suet


The Best Bird Feeder Plans for Robins


Bird feeder plans aren't always necessary for the Robin as she feeds worms to her young.

Robin Feeding Worms to Her Young

Why do we love robin red breasts so much? As kids, these are often thefirst birds that we learn to identify and can recognize on our own.  As adults, these are often the first harbingers of spring after a long winter.  No matter why you love the robin, you can find the right bird feeder plans to help you invite this great bird into your yard.

Many birds, like sparrows and finches, love to dine on seeds, which are packed with fats and proteins.  The robin, on the other hand, has eating habits more similar to an oriole.  They pick at the ground, foraging for earthworms, and they eat backyard pests like termites, grasshoppers, beetle grubs, and caterpillars that can hurt your garden, trees, and shrubs.  Instead of using bird feeder plans that call for seed, you need to do things like provide a pile of brush or leaves, which will attract worms and other goodies.

In the summer, though, robins turn to fruitier flavors.  More than 60 percent of their food consumption consists of fleshy berries and fruits, including

Sometimes the best bird feeder plans for robins are a backyard full of worms and a house full of bird loving occupants.

Robins Will Eat From Your Hand

grapes, apples, currants, bayberry, elderberry, crabapples, and hollies.  You can plant a berry bush and encourage the birds to come back year after year or you can provide these fruit or fruit scraps on a tray or platform-style bird feeder.  If you really want to make their day, add some suet for fat and a source of water for bathing.

Another reason why we love robins is that they do not mind nesting near humans.  They are not afraid of us and so make wonderful backyard companions.  And if they eat some of your garden-destroying grubs, even better!