I saw one Goldfinch last week on my sunflower seed feeder and it made me wonder where they migrate for the winter. I went to my favorite site to find information about birds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds” website. The map on the site showed that the Goldfinches had been in my area all winter, their non-breeding winter colors had fooled me! The Goldfinches lose their bright yellow color during the winter and take on a very much more drab olive color that fooled me as well as their predators. The drab color blends in well with the winter landscape, especially when they are in the trees or bushes. The “All About Birds” website has a photo of them in their winter coat to compare to them in their summer breeding coat.
Now is the time to begin to clean out your finch feeders and add fresh Nyjer or Finch Mix seed. A long brush such as Songbird Essentials wooden handled Best Long Brush. One
of my favorite feeders is the Songbird Essentials Yellow Spiral Thistle Feeder. I can fill it from the top one time and from the bottom the next time. The seed never gets old since I can always putting the oldest seed at the bottom ports when I hang it back up. I also like the Finches Favorite 3 Tube Feeder. This feeder seems to almost always be covered with birds. A friend of mine in Missouri says that he also sees bright florescent Blue Indigo Buntings on his 3 tube feeder each spring. Another way to attract Buntings is to have a platform or tray feeder with white millet on it.