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The “purdy, purdy” sound of a cardinal in your backyard is always special treat for a bird lover to hear. Since the male cardinal is so territorial, it can take some time before one comes to nest in your neighborhood, and then it is very rare to have more than one male at a time.
               Cardinals are not migratory birds, so as long as they can always find food in your back yard, they will stay with you. Just make sure that you have a feeder large enough and stable enough to hold them. A cardinal can weigh up to 1.8 oz and be 8 to 9 inches long, whereas a finch only weighs up to 1oz and is at largest 5.5 inches long. Your ordinary finch feeder may not be large enough for a cardinal to use easily. You need a feeder with a larger perch or platform for them to stand on. They also appreciate a wooded area near by or even just some larger bushes and/or trees. The male cardinal likes to stand out to attract a mate, but will nest where he feels protected in a deep woody area or in the middle of some large bushes.
               Cardinals eat many different seeds, but I have found that sunflower seeds and safflower seeds are their favorite. I also put suet out for them in the winter months to give them extra fat for the cold months. They also need fresh water all year round, so remember to clear out your birdbath if it ices over.
               Typically, a cardinal will not come close enough to your house for it to be a concern, but if they do, do not be surprised if they start attacking your windows. They are very territorial and often see their reflection as an enemy.
Cardinals give bird watchers a special treat in the cold months when all the other birds have migrated, and you can easily see the male cardinals all year round because their bright color stands out easily against the snow of winter as well as the green of the summer months. Cardinals have been adored over time for their beautiful red plumage, which has been fabled to represent faith and the blood of Christ. They are also claimed to bring an individual good luck either on the twelfth hour of the day or on the twelfth day after their arrival.



You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind. – Darwin P. Kingsley




Yellow Finch

A good finch feeder or thistle feeder is essential to attract these beautiful birds.  You would not expect to find a hummingbird in your normal bird feeder but instead you would put out a special hummingbird feeder to attract their attention and allow them to eat easily and get the right nutrients. Finches are the same way. If you buy a finch feeder, put it in an attractive spot, and fill it with their favorite foods, you will gain their attention and trust. Finches are small mostly yellow or brown birds that are easy to attract to your backyard as long as you have the correct feeder and feed for them.

Finches are one of the smallest backyard birds, but they belong to the largest family of birds- fringillidae. At smallest they are 9.3cm and at largest they are 23cm. There are different colors of finches but mostly they are yellow or brown. You may find American Goldfinches, House Finches, Cassin’s finches, Purple Finches, Pine Siskin’s, Common Redpoll’s, or Hoary Redpoll’s in your finch feeder. In my home of Western North Carolina, the American Goldfinch and the House Finch are the most common, but there are a wider variety of finches in the more northern parts of North America, and in the South West regions. Pick up a National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds at your local bookstore in order to more easily identify your own backyard birds. For online specifics of the different types of finches and their habitats, visit surfbirds.com or birdweb.org.

Ideally, you should place your finch feeder close to a covering of some kind- a bush or tree that they can easily get to if they are frightened. The covering should be about five or six feet from the feeder, so that a predator cannot hide in the bush and attack your birds without warning. But they still need to be able to get to the cover easily if they are threatened and need a place to hide. It is also ideal to have a bird bath or some source of clean water near your finch feeder. But even if these things are not possible in your back yard, you can still attract finches simply with an attractive finch feeder and the correct feed.

Finches have small, short beaks that finch feeders are specifically designed to accommodate. Since finches will typically be the only birds at these feeders, they will not be scared away by the bigger, more aggressive blue jays and cardinals who do not care to eat out of a finch feeder. Thistle or Nyjer (Nyger) seeds are one of their favorite seeds to eat. They are small black seeds originally from Asia and Africa. They are high in calories and in protein content which is better for your birds. Fill you finch feeder with it and always keep it full for best results. Finches also like cracked sunflower seeds (or black oil sunflower seeds) and millet. Black oil sunflower seeds have softer shells and higher protein content than regular sunflower seeds and thus are a better choice for your finch feeder because they are easier for the finches to eat and give them more nutrients.

You need to make sure you keep fresh feed in your finch feeder year round. Old feed gets damp and moldy and packs tightly into the feeder and does not allow the birds to eat, so to keep your birds coming back keep their food fresh. Also in the fall when your sunflowers, cornflowers, or thistle flowers die, leave the dead flower heads on. Finches love to eat the seeds right off of the dead flowers.

There are mainly two different types of finch feeders. One type is the sock feeder which only holds thistle or Nyger seed; it is basically a hanging bag with holes small enough that the thistle seed will not fall out but large enough for the small beak of the finch to get into. Finches like to grab a hold of the sock with their feet and hang on as they eat.

The more common type of finch feeder is the solid tube finch feeder. Basically these feeders consist of a plastic tube with stands all around for the birds to perch on and eat. The more stands on your finch feeder allows for more birds to eat at the same time. These come in different colors and sizes and are a more ornamental addition to your backyard. A few also have metal coverings to keep the squirrels from getting into the feed. Some finch feeders allow for the finches to hang upside down as they eat which they also enjoy doing.

Pick a finch feeder that you will enjoy looking at in your backyard and that will be good for your little friends as well. Find one that has plenty of room for more birds to join, and you will soon have a flock of Goldfinches, House Finches, and Purple Finches joining you for their meals year round. Also do not forget that they need a safe environment to eat in. Finches are friendly birds and will not declare any territory at your finch feeder and keep other birds away, so as long as you keep the feeder full with fresh food, you will easily attract a flock of finches in your backyard. Finches are songbirds and they do not care much for human contact. Feel free to watch them and enjoy their song, but please do not try to keep them as pets. Enjoy them in their natural habitat.



I love this picture of the Owl made of fruit and vegetables.  Thought you would enjoys this.  How creative.


bird made from fruit



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4 Responses to “Featured Products”

  1. Brandi 04/19/2013 at 12:26 am Permalink

    I love the painted birdhouses. They are so pretty!

  2. Gwen 04/26/2013 at 12:01 pm Permalink

    Such variety! I had been looking for more options in finch feeders and now I have found them. Thanks for the lovely site filled with so many useful options for those of us who love our feathered friends.

    • Susan Weaver 04/27/2013 at 9:43 pm Permalink

      Thank you. I am glad you love my site.

  3. patti dutton 08/23/2013 at 5:02 pm Permalink

    Such a lovely group of bird products and accessories. Just love it!

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