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Question:
Last winter we had two feeders for the Goldfinch. One they fed upside down and the other normal. We had many of them and enjoyed seeing them change to their summer clothing. This fall they started changing color and during the month of October they are not feeding at all. What has happened to them and should we continue to put out fresh seed (nyjer and Sunflower) for them?


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Typically fall is the time when wild seed and other foods are most abundant, and birds like goldfinches have less need for feeders. Sometimes birds seem to be just plain fickle, though, about visiting feeders, so I would keep putting out at least small amounts of seed in case they decide to come back suddenly. You should take this opportunity to clean your feeders well, and be sure no seed is allowed to get old and decay in a feeder as serious health impacts to birds can result.

J. Elliott


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