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Dec 16, 2016 15:30 |  #1

U wants goldfinches? We gots goldfinches :) The high today was -17 degrees Celcius.

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Dec 16, 2016 17:36 |  #2

What a great photo.




  
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Dec 16, 2016 18:56 |  #3

They look like bees on a hive, lol!


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Dec 16, 2016 19:01 |  #4

Holy birdseed, Ian, don't run out! They're definitely depending on you. Have some around my neighborhood, but not THAT many! I did put a mix of millet and nyjer together for them and it seems to be well liked. Stretches the seed dollar a bit.


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Dec 16, 2016 20:02 |  #5

dm1215al wrote in post #18215115 (external link)
What a great photo.

Thank you!

greyswan wrote in post #18215187 (external link)
They look like bees on a hive, lol!

Yea there were quite a few . Thanks for commenting.

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Holy birdseed, Ian, don't run out! They're definitely depending on you. Have some around my neighborhood, but not THAT many! I did put a mix of millet and nyjer together for them and it seems to be well liked. Stretches the seed dollar a bit.

You're right Rog, it's that time of year where a lot of the natural seed heads are gone or covered up in snow, and the little guys can use some help. I don't know about where you are, but Niger seed is really really expensive here, so I'm hoping and trying to stretch this Seed out as far as I can.


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Dec 16, 2016 20:23 |  #6

Interesting Ian, I have a ton of Gold Finches as well. Started the day at -21c and now we are at -7c. I'm hoping for a few Pine Grosbeaks.. Haven't seen any yet


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Dec 18, 2016 10:47 |  #7

Wow, you should set aside a plot of land and grow some millet and sunflowers. With the money you save on bird seed you could spend more time in Florida.


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Dec 18, 2016 11:51 |  #8

Pondrader wrote in post #18215240 (external link)
Interesting Ian, I have a ton of Gold Finches as well. Started the day at -21c and now we are at -7c. I'm hoping for a few Pine Grosbeaks.. Haven't seen any yet

Weird weather Jeff, it was -20C day before yesterday, today is +10C and pouring rain. There's pine grosbeaks around but I haven't caught up with them yet, good luck!

[QUOTE=CaptBob;1821659​2]Wow, you should set aside a plot of land and grow some millet and sunflowers. With the money you save on bird seed you could spend more time in Florida.[/QUOTE
Haha the thought has crossed my mind Bob. With a bag of Nijer seed at $25, it sure gets hard on the wallet.


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Dec 19, 2016 20:49 |  #9

That is one full table indeed Ian.


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Dec 19, 2016 21:47 |  #10

Very cool.


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Dec 20, 2016 15:42 |  #11

Great capture!

I've seen my feeder packed with goldfinches as well, but not near as many as you have. I eventually stopped feeding them because of the high cost of the nyjer seed. They gobble the stuff down and it adds up over time.




  
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Dec 20, 2016 17:11 |  #12

The ones that frequent my yard will pass up the Niger for Sunflower.


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Dec 20, 2016 17:36 |  #13

2n10 wrote in post #18218147 (external link)
That is one full table indeed Ian.

Yup and a pricey one. Thanks for commenting John.

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Very cool.

Thanks Peter!

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Great capture!

I've seen my feeder packed with goldfinches as well, but not near as many as you have. I eventually stopped feeding them because of the high cost of the nyjer seed. They gobble the stuff down and it adds up over time.

Thanks Jim. Let's just say I'm not usually in a huge hurry to refill an almost empty feeder. I make them empty it right out before I make any moves.

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The ones that frequent my yard will pass up the Niger for Sunflower.

That would be nice. The goldfinches here strongly prefer Niger seed, but will as a fallback position accept black oil Sunflower.


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Dec 20, 2016 18:38 as a reply to  @ Wallace River's post |  #14

Ian, methinks you're an ol' softie. ;-)a Mix the millet in 3 or 4 to 1 with the thistle. Yeah, I've seen them flip that out looking for the niger, but when the feeder is empty, it is there on the ground for them (maybe under the snow, but there). Think they'll figure it out. See, the old tight German in me is always at work!:-P


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Dec 20, 2016 19:09 |  #15

ardeekay wrote in post #18219132 (external link)
Ian, methinks you're an ol' softie. ;-)a Mix the millet in 3 or 4 to 1 with the thistle. Yeah, I've seen them flip that out looking for the niger, but when the feeder is empty, it is there on the ground for them (maybe under the snow, but there). Think they'll figure it out. See, the old tight German in me is always at work!:-P

Aw Rog, that's like a bartender diluting drinks, it just wouldn't be right! I never buy millet. All I ever buy is Niger seed and black oil sunflower seeds and peanuts...sometimes shelled (woodpeckers, jays, and chickadees), sometimes but seldom in the shell (for the blue jays).

Merry Christmas bud!


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