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#1 Shoveler26

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:11 PM

Hi all,
I have tons of House finches and sometimes there are a couple purple finches. They are mixed in the flocks with House finches but the house finches go down to the feeders and the Purple finches just stay in the tree. What seed do they like?

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If you can find the purple finch in that photo it is to the right.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:18 PM

I got this seed, bird watchers blend. Whatever is in it, the purple finches apparently like it because they're here more than the house finches! I also got a thistle feeder, which some finches and pine siskins like too...

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:41 PM

Were did you get that seed?

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:01 PM

I'm pretty sure it's just based on your location. House finches and Purple Finches eat the same seeds, as far as I know.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:25 PM

Are sunflower seeds good I have that plus Safflower.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:38 PM

We have a tray feeder that we put a mix of sunflower, safflower, peanuts, and a blend and the feeder is always full of Pine Siskins and Purple Finches!

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:04 PM

I need to get a Tray feeder. I have a Log area I set up here are the pics
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Here is my 2nd Pole System:
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:42 AM

Nice setup there Shoveler! I can just see the Sharpie cruising through now to pick off your Purple Finches!
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:51 AM

Great setup! I can see why the birds like it there. How do you keep the squirrels out of the tray feeders?

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 02:45 PM

At my house they ate only sunflower seed, and for the first few days they were in my yard, they didn't come at all.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:40 AM

Wow thanks guys! And beleive it or not Creeker A Sharpie did take one of my Finches not a Purple though. :P

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:37 AM

I'm pretty sure it's just based on your location. House finches and Purple Finches eat the same seeds, as far as I know.


Just wondering, I get both these birds in winter, right? I live in Toronto, Ontario.

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