Where are the Yellow Finches?

Where are the Yellow Finches?

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Bird Watcher

Bellefontaine, OH

#1 Aug 22, 2011
I was just wondering if others are noticing no yellow finches this summer. I've had bird feeders and bird baths set up for several years and have enjoyed watching many different kinds of birds come to my feeders, including yellow and purple finches. I still have a finch feeder filled with special finch seed set up, but still haven't seen one finch visiting it at all. Have my finches ran away, well flown away, and are they now at your house because they like you better?
Rolling on the river

Mount Victory, OH

#2 Aug 22, 2011
I'm in the North Lewisburg area and we've had lots of yellow finches this season. They love my sunflowers but they also love to pull apart my coconut flowerpot liners.
Carter

Mansfield, OH

#3 Aug 22, 2011
this was the first year I put out a Finch Sock... I have 6 of the guys flying around here now... They are so beautiful..
WitchyWoman

Bellefontaine, OH

#4 Aug 22, 2011
I am at Indian Lake, The goldfinches have been all over my echinacea that have gone to see.
animal_control

Bellefontaine, OH

#5 Aug 22, 2011
Theres several that hang-out around my private lake out on my ranch and they like to run around on the banks and sip the water...Baby!
animal_control

Bellefontaine, OH

#6 Aug 22, 2011
Birwatcher might have a hawk that hangs around also or maybe even a dawg err cat, or even smells & noises that the birds are avoiding.....
Jenny

Bellefontaine, OH

#7 Aug 22, 2011
I saw a hawk early in the spring. I have 2 finch feeders, had a male and a female on each early in the mornings. Haven't seen them for several weeks. Same for hummingbirds, none, change the feeder frequently, just wasting it. the squirrels and deer are plentiful and eat the seeds and hostas and roses.
saw them

Cleveland, OH

#8 Aug 22, 2011
I don't have any finch feeders, but I have finches sitting on the hummingbird feeders trying to eat out of them. I think my feeders resemble the neibor's finch feeders. I have also seen purple finches, as well as the yellow finches, in the yard drinking water. On the way to town I saw several along the road picking through the fine stones along the pavement. I agree, with AC. There may be a hawk around. Or the neighbors have snazzier feeders.
animal_control

Bellefontaine, OH

#9 Aug 22, 2011
Last week I went for a pleasure ride and on top the ridge by Mutual, at ludlow and oh 29, I saw the largest ( very clean an alot of white) hawk I ever have it was going at some sorta roadkill right there beside me in the dithch. I took off on ludlow pretty quick like.
The coyotes have been hunting pretty brazen lately but they know to avoid my ranch.
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#10 Aug 22, 2011
I've seen quite a few this year.

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#11 Aug 22, 2011
Bird Watcher wrote:
I was just wondering if others are noticing no yellow finches this summer. I've had bird feeders and bird baths set up for several years and have enjoyed watching many different kinds of birds come to my feeders, including yellow and purple finches. I still have a finch feeder filled with special finch seed set up, but still haven't seen one finch visiting it at all. Have my finches ran away, well flown away, and are they now at your house because they like you better?
Indian Lake. Them and humming birds. They hang out in the big buckeye trees.
ALITTLEDOGGONE

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 22, 2011
We usually have 6-8 a day on our feeders, but havent had 10 all season long.
maybe

Cleveland, OH

#13 Aug 22, 2011
animal_control wrote:
Last week I went for a pleasure ride and on top the ridge by Mutual, at ludlow and oh 29, I saw the largest ( very clean an alot of white) hawk I ever have it was going at some sorta roadkill right there beside me in the dithch. I took off on ludlow pretty quick like.
The coyotes have been hunting pretty brazen lately but they know to avoid my ranch.
Maybe it was an eagle? There have been some spotted in that area. By the way, coyotes have to eat too. They eat a lot of mice.
Bird Watcher

Bellefontaine, OH

#14 Aug 22, 2011
Thanks for all your responses. I should have kept my mouth shut, though, because just a couple hours after I made this thread, 3 pairs of finches started to visit all the sunflowers in my garden and have been flying around here all day. Honest to God!!!! I guess all I had to do was "send it out and they will come!" LOL. They seem more interested in the sunflowers than in the finch feeder, although I did see one female yellow finch at the feeder about an hour ago. I really don't know why I haven't seen any around before now, but there are a couple of red-tails in the area and now and then I've had to chase away a cooper's hawk out of the yard---but that never kept yellow finches or any bird away before.

Another bird that I haven't see much of this summer are the cow-birds. They were always lousy around here, but I sure don't miss them like I was the finches.
animal_control

Bellefontaine, OH

#15 Aug 22, 2011
They are avoidin' the feeder because thats where the hawks have been doing their (feeding) killing.
Carter

Mansfield, OH

#16 Aug 24, 2011
Bird Watcher.. what are cow-birds?
animal_control

Bellefontaine, OH

#17 Aug 24, 2011
I like the blue belly ones that sweep in and stuff when I'm mowin' dah medough..Baby!
Bird Watcher

Bellefontaine, OH

#18 Aug 25, 2011
Carter wrote:
Bird Watcher.. what are cow-birds?
Carter,
a cow-bird is a small blackbird with a rusty brownish colored head. They've been very hard on the song-bird population. Instead of building their own nest and raising their own babies, they mate and then the female goes to other birds' nests, knocks one egg out of each, then lays one of her own in another bird's nest, and then lets the parents of that nest raise her youngster as their own. It's a double loss for the song bird because the cow-bird's egg hatches, and then the cow-bird hatchling starts pushing out the son-bird's real babies so he can get all the food. The song bird parents aren't aware that this baby is "adopted, so continue to raise and feed him while their babies get picked off one by one.
http://www.google.com/search...
Bird Watcher

Bellefontaine, OH

#19 Aug 25, 2011
animal_control wrote:
I like the blue belly ones that sweep in and stuff when I'm mowin' dah medough..Baby!
Are you talking about the barn swallows? They like to follow while someone mows because it stirs up the insects. They look like little dive bombers.
animal__control

Croton, OH

#20 Aug 25, 2011
Nope,
But yes they do dive bomb-n-stuff...tanks
Pretty sure now their Purple Martians.....Baby!

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