Asked by: Milagros Iribarne
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th March, 2020

Do goldfinches eat upside down?

Goldfinches can feed upside down! Often goldfinches are observed hanging upside down from the top of a big sunflower, plucking out the seeds below. And the ability to pose upside down helps these birds as they bob and sway on the fragile seed heads of grasses and other plants they love.

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Simply so, which birds eat upside down?

It's only small finches--goldfinches & siskins (& other very small birds like chickadees)--that are able to feed upside down. Larger finches (e.g., House & Purple Finches) are too heavy to be supported upside down by their legs alone.

One may also ask, do goldfinches eat sunflower seeds? Yes, goldfinches will eat black sunflower seeds, but they leave the husks which make more mess than just the hearts. I switched from seed to hearts and its much better, other birds will eat the spillage, especially if you are not too hasty refilling the feeder.

Besides, how do you attract goldfinches?

Thistle or Nyjer seed is the preferred food of Goldfinches. Provide thistle in specially designed thistle/finch feeders. Store your thistle seed in a cool area or refrigerator to preserve it. Hang your thistle feeder at least 15 feet from other feeders and water sources.

Where should finch feeders be placed?

Place feeders where finches feel safe Placing the feeder near a shrub or tree will make the finches feel safe and can also encourage them to explore the new feeder. Once they've discovered it, you can move it far enough away from shrubs and trees so the squirrels can't jump to it.

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