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Attract the American Goldfinch to Your Garden

Background

Birds rely on a variety of food sources that can change at different times of their life cycle. Some birds that eat seeds as adults require insects to feed their young. Planting is the best way to ensure you meet the needs of the greatest diversity of birds throughout the seasons.

American Goldfinch

These vibrant little birds love the seeds of thistles, dandelions, goldenrod, sunflowers, and coneflowers. Lettuce left to go to seed will also attract them. If planting trees, choose birches for the seeds they provide. American goldfinches prefer to nest in young trees or shrubs, such as maple, elm, dogwood, or elderberry.

For more ideas on attracting birds or choosing plants, see the following Web site : www.wildaboutgardening.org