This morning I hung our new thistle sock. My parents have thistle socks and have hundreds of Goldfinches in their yard. I am hoping to attract some to our yard. (The picture shows my parent's feeder last April.) The goldfinches are not yellow right now. They are brown with yellow under their wings and blend in with the winter grass. They will have the bright yellow color shown in this picture in another month.
We have at least 3 pairs of Cardinals that live in our yard year round, and have seen numerous Black-capped Chickadees at the “favorite feeder”. I snapped this photo of a pair of cardinals during a recent snowfall. The male stood out so beautifully against the pure white.
As part of a science experiment, Maggie created two identical bird feeders out of juice bottles. She tried a couple of experiments: first, she and Dad hung identical seed mixes on opposite sides of a tree near the cardinal’s home thicket, and second, they hung one with basic seed mix and one with black oil sunflower seed in the same tree. Regardless of the seed mix or the feeder the same side of the tree is popular. If the feeder comes down for a day we still see birds perched in and around that branch. I hung a suet block last week on another tree (the same one the sock is in today) and it is untouched.
Hmm…Exactly how many feeders will fit on one branch?