|Jill Fessler at the Wednesday Farmers Market. FTM file.|
You will be surprised to know that yellow birds fly around your home.
The American Goldfinch can be found in Northern Kentucky year round. My neighbor told me about these birds many years ago. “Put out a thistle feeder, and wait a few days; they will find it” he told me. On my next trip to the garden store, I purchased a finch feeder and a bag of tiny black nyjer thistle seeds.
Sure enough, in a few days I had brightly colored yellow finches in view from my kitchen window. This is easy! All you need is a finch feeder and thistle seed. The problem is, once they find the feeder, the seeds are eaten in just a few weeks. Plan to refill your feeder often.
I am ever amazed each time I see them. The male birds are bright yellow with a black patch on their head. The female birds are grey and yellow, less bright in color. The summer months are the best time of year to see the yellow colored male finches. They nest in the fall when food sources are plentiful. Then in winter, they molt and turn brown in color.
I have tried many different styles of thistle feeders over the years. Many of them were torn apart by larger birds. The best feeder I have found is a thistle sack feeder. The finches hang onto the bag of seed, and their tiny beaks are able to pull the seed out of the bag and crack it open. These are inexpensive feeders which can be hung from tree branches or bird feeder hooks. Tube feeders need to be emptied of wet seed, cleaned and refilled often. Tube feeders provide at least six perches, which attract several birds at one time.
In late summer, do not cut off the top of your sunflowers, zinnias, cone flowers or marigolds. These flowers contain seeds which goldfinches enjoy. You may consider planting a patch of black oil sunflowers which will provide an additional food source. Providing a water source, such as a bird bath, is essential. Enjoy this beautiful yellow bird in your own backyard. Go for the Gold!
Here are a list of vendors for the Fort Thomas Farmers Market.
|Photo via Audobon.org|