How to Attract Goldfinches

Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System


Goldfinches are found in most habitats across North America, including backyards. To attract goldfinches to your yard, we recommend offering the right food and designated finch feeders or a designated finch-feeding station.

Recommended Food

Fresh Nyjer® (thistle) is the most commonly recommended seed for goldfinches because it is one of their favorite feeder foods. Nyjer has a high oil content and is an excellent energy source for these active birds. 

If Nyjer doesn't seem to be working for you, try our Finch Blend! Finch Blend is a mix of Nyjer and crushed sunflower chips, or sunflower seeds without the shell, and sunflower chips happen to be another goldfinch favorite. Since the sunflower chips are crushed, Finch Blend will work in your Nyjer feeder, allowing you to continue providing a feeder just for the goldfinches.

When all else fails, plain sunflower chips will bring in those goldfinches. Sunflower chips are also high in oil content, making them another important energy source.

Recommended Items

1. WBU Quick-Clean™ Finch Feeders accommodate goldfinches’ small bills and allow them to easily dine on Nyjer. 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, provide goldfinches with their own feeding station in an open, easy-to-find area.

Create a goldfinch 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 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.