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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Smaller goldfinch flocks reported

Nyjer is the seed of choice for goldfinches.  Photo by J.J. Meyer

Last year at this time, Debbie Sugg of Lake Forest had a large flock of goldfinches that covered her three large Nyjer feeders every day.  This summer it's been just a few birds.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch 2012-2013 reported that American goldfinches were on the decline in the Southwest and California regions. Some are speculating that the drought may be impacting birds.  Birds will not reproduce when there is not enough food.

What are you seeing at your feeder?  Please leave your comments.

Happy Birding!


  1. Hi J.J.

    I saw your email on the status of the goldfinches. We too have a nyjer feeder and have noticed fewer goldfinches this year as well. But we do have some and are leaving lots of plants to go to seed. The goldfinches have been in our basil plants, especially. We love these beautiful little birds and are trying to have food and water always available. -- Pat

  2. This was the first year we had a goldfinch feeder. We get from 1 to 6 birds on the feeder at a time. Lately, I have not seen so many.