How to Attract Goldfinches and Pine Siskins

Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System


Goldfinches are found in most of our urban backyards, as well as city parks, urban forests and cottage environments. To attract goldfinches to your yard, we recommend offering the right food and designated finch feeders or a designated finch-feeding station. Pine siskins are an irruptive species that we have the pleasure of having in our yards this fall and winter.

Recommended Food

We recommend offering fresh Nyjer® (thistle) or medium sunflower chips because it is goldfinches’  and siskins' favorite feeder food. Nyjer and sunflower chips have a high oil content and are excellent energy sources for these active birds.

Recommended Items

1. WBU Quick-Clean™ Finch Feeders accommodate their small bills and allow them to easily dine on Nyjer or sunflower chips. These feeders’ removable bases make cleaning a breeze. They are easy to fill and hang, deter squirrels and come with a lifetime guarantee.

2. Simply add our Weather Guard dome to your finch feeder to help keep seed dry and protect birds from inclement weather.

3. Because they locate food by sight and are often skittish if there is too much activity, provide goldfinches with their own feeding station in an open, easy-to-find area. Pine siskins are not as skittish as goldfinches and tend to congregate in flocks but will happily feed with goldfinch in the same area.

Create a feeding station with our exclusive Advanced Pole System® (APS) Basic Setup Hanging Hardware. It’s easy to construct and maintain. Just plant it into the ground, add the extension poles and arms, and top it with the decorative finial. Then fill and hang your feeders.

Keep your Nyjer  and all bird seed fresh and mold-free with Feeder Fresh™. Mix it with the seed in your feeders, and the absorbent granules will “drink up” excess moisture. Feeder Fresh is completely safe for you and your birds.