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Who are these guys?

July 4 2017 at 11:38 AM
Indy Steve  (Login SteveWnindy)
Hummingbird lover 2007

Definitely not hummers. Yes, they are american goldfinches.

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Steve
Martinsville In.
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Rhonda
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Who are these guys?

July 4 2017, 12:05 PM 

Cute silhouette pics Steve! I have never had goldfinches visit my hummer feeders, but Orioles and butterflies have more than a few times. Thanks for sharing.

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Dan
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July 4 2017, 12:54 PM 

When I first added an ant moat to my patio feeder, chickadees would drink from it, and then crap on the feeder. I've decided to not use moats unless ants show up, which hasn't happened the last couple years.
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Indy Steve
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July 4 2017, 1:32 PM 

They're baaaaaaack-- Since they insist on feeding from this I cleaned and filled it. There is a clean birdbath 10 feet away.

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Burke
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July 4 2017, 4:36 PM 

House Finches come to our feeders on occasion.
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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July 5 2017, 1:10 AM 

We see both Chickadees and finches use the ant moats and hummingbird feeders quite often in our yard. We jokingly refer to them as our "winter hummingbirds"!!
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
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Marilyn Gruber
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Hummingbird Lover 2015

Who are these guys

July 5 2017, 4:36 PM 

Steve,

I call them the "Hooligan Gang". Big flocks in my yard, land on the flowers and rip them apart (I think they are eating the seeds but I have also seen them rip off lots of Black & Blue blossoms, Texas sage blossoms and zinnias. Next, unto the feeders, they love to pull apart my red ribbons and make use of the feeders. They greatly enjoyed the hummingbird nesting material as well. I feed them just the same, they are pretty and fun (have a pretty song too).

Marilyn
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Wisconsin
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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

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July 7 2017, 7:31 PM 

My Goldfinches always drink from the ant guards. Haven't seen anything else try the feeders but the Orioles during spring migration.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

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July 10 2017, 10:58 AM 

The finches are back today and drinking from the ant moat, lucky for them I just changed the water in those too.
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Martinsville In.
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Adrienne
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July 11 2017, 1:47 PM 

I love feeding Goldfinches. This is a shot of them right before they change into their breeding colors. I usually have the most visitors then, about 15 or so, taking turns on the feeder. The feeder can only hold 7 comfortably before they start squabbling.
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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

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July 12 2017, 4:35 PM 

As with Hummers & their different tastes, my Goldfinches would never use that type of feeder, Adrienne. I have an upside tube feeder & they won't even go to that unless their "socks" are empty. I even bought a larger sock that had a vine design on it & they wouldn't use it either...only the plain little white ones. I have 5 out & normally see 5 or 6 birds per sock & they need to be filled about every 2-3 days, depending on the time of year. They eat, along with House Finches & an ocassional sparrow, year round.

Joni
Elwood, IL
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Adrienne
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Hummingbird Lover 2015

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July 14 2017, 2:20 PM 

Joni, that is so true. A yellow upside down feeder (plastic) was my first feeder but they wouldn't bother with it here. I also tried those socks but they'd get moldy even when I kept them under umbrellas. Plus dozens of House sparrows would descend like locusts eat all the seed. This is a metal mesh feeder which makes it impossible for sparrows to feed. That's helpful because their population is out of control here. They have even populated the townhouses but they're so high up and it doesn't seem worth doing anything about it. If they were larger birds like Starlings, that might be a different story. Goldfinches are such a joy especially since we don't get many hummingbird visits.

 
 
 
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