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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 00:48   #1
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Should I take Thistle sock down?

I live on the edge of a wooded area and know there are Golden Finches in the area so I hung a thistle sock about 3 weeks about and have not seen a finch yet on it... I have a few other feeders in the area and those are hammered with Chipping and House Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals, Mourning and White-Wing Dove, a Chickadee and every now and then a Black and White Warbler will drop in... and as of recently the Red Winged Blackbirds and Brown Headed Cowbirds have discovered my buffet, so there's no shortage of those...

Should I continue to be patient with the Finches or take them down with all the other commotion going on?
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I’d leave it up. The local goldfinches should discover it eventually. . ..
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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 15:19   #3
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Id leave it up. The local goldfinches should discover it eventually. . ..
I was wondering if I should move it to a new location since it's close to my other feeders, didn't know if those birds who scare off the finches?
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I was wondering if I should move it to a new location since it's close to my other feeders, didn't know if those birds who scare off the finches?
No, I’d leave it where it is. In my experience, proximity to other feeders has never been a problem.
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Old Friday 27th March 2020, 00:52   #5
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No, Id leave it where it is. In my experience, proximity to other feeders has never been a problem.
I will do that then and just give it some time. How long before that Nyger seed goes bad?
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I will do that then and just give it some time. How long before that Nyger seed goes bad?
Good question for which I don’t have the definitive answer. People have said on BirdForum and elsewhere that it can go bad quite quickly under damp conditions but I’ve had a thistle sock in my backyard in rainy Oregon for over a month now which still gets the occasional visit from goldfinches and Song Sparrows. That said, the sock’s still half-full so the seed isn’t exactly going like hot cakes.
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