Many bird species have been harmed by the expansive and widespread activity of humans: the American Goldfinch isn’t one of them. In fact, according to Massachusetts Audubon Society, American Goldfinches are one of the few species that have actually benefited from humans expanding, since we’ve created a lot of new habitat for the birds.
Found throughout the United States, the American Goldfinch has grown in abundance, making their frenetic behavior and vibrant-yellow plumage beloved backyard sightings. Because of their propensity for being around humans, it’s easy to get them to come around your backyard by doing a few simple things.
Set up seed feeders with nyger or sunflower seeds
Goldfinches are primarily seed eaters with occasional forays into the world of insects. The two best ways to attract goldfinches to your yard is with feeders filled with nyger or sunflower seeds. Nyger, which is the same as thistle, and sunflower seeds are the food of choice for finches coming into your backyard. They usually eat from traditional feeders, but there are also finch feeders designed specifically to bring in finches to your yard.