12 Tips on How to Attract Finches to Your Yard (2020)

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Add Bright Colored Ribbons to Your Backyard

Finches and other colorful birds like bright colored ribbons. They will add a nice aesthetic to your bird feeder.

Simply tie a string or ribbon to the bird feeder and hang it up as high as possible in your yard or garden.

If you don’t have a bird feeder, you can tie a ribbon to a tree branch that’s easy for the birds to access.

Finches are known to be curious. Once they discover the ribbon, they will not just look at it, but they will also be attracted to it.

Other birds are naturally curious too. So if you’re thinking of attracting birds other than finches, using ribbons might be a good strategy.

Tempt with Fresh Black Seed

Finches are attracted to black seed. You can buy black seed in any pet store. Black seed is rich in fat, protein, amino acids, fibers and other nutrients. This black seed is acacia, not the same as poppy seed! Black seed is very valuable to birds because it helps their digestive system and keeps them well-nourished.

Encourage Nesting in Your Yard

Finches aren’t busily nesting January to July, which means a big part of the year you can enjoy their company without the hustle and bustle of nesting activity.

However, they do like to spread out their nesting activities throughout the year, meaning you’ll catch them in the act at some point during the year.

If you’re lucky, you’ll see them go from nest to nest hatch to hatch. Some birds may stop nesting in your yard and move somewhere else. It’s the prerogative of a finch family to move from place to place when they’re looking for the perfect nesting spot.

Watch the female finch: she’ll be busy looking for the perfect nesting spot while the male stays close to his family.

Add Finch Specific Feeders

It’s a good idea to keep a clean water source for birds on your property. Birds can use this water source for drinking, bathing and taking care of their feathers. A bird bath can be a simple pot or bowl. Finch specific bird baths can be bought at the local pet shop.

If you are trying to attract finches into your yard, it’s best to have a separate feeder just for finches. Finch specific bird feed is in the shape of long strips of seeds that easy to eat by finches.

Birds need to eat a variety of seeds year round. They depend on the insects, worms, moths and butterflies that they find on the ground to provide them with the rest of their food requirements.

Supplement feeders are great if you are trying to attract finches to your yard. These supplement feeders hold a variety of types of food. They are designed to prevent smaller birds from hanging out at your feeders.

The Location of the Feeder is Key

Finches love to visit a bird feeder with the right location. The feeder needs to be far enough to provide sufficient room for it to roam around and be able to stay away from poaching doves, but also close enough so that it doesn’t get alarmed and fly away.

A very important location to consider for your feeder is one that does not allow predators such as raccoons to climb up to it. Therefore, choose a high place or a hanging feeder for your finch feeder.

Add Weeds to the Feeders

Finches eat a wide variety of weeds and garden plants. These can include dandelions, ribwort plantain, chicory, mullein, plantains, etc. Seeds like these will attract finches to your yard and can be found in bird seed or spikes. These inexpensive seeds are some of the most attractive items to finches and if you use them, you’ll be sure to be not only pleasing the finches but attracting them as well.

Install a Bird Bath (Essential for Finches)

Finches are naturally timid and shy and it can take them some time to feel comfortable around humans. And their first contact with you might just be by approaching your birdbath. There is no denying that having a birdbath in your yard adds to the overall vibe of the place. It’s a beautiful addition that contributes to the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. But to attract finches, your birdbath is not enough.

You also need to make sure that your birdbath is welcoming and suits the species of birds you wish to attract. That’s why it’s important to choose a birdbath that attracts finches. Finches love shallow water that is no more than 2 inches deep. They prefer soft water that is free of debris such as leaves, twigs, and seeds. Having a birdbath filled with fresh clean water will attract smaller birds like finches. Buy a birdbath with a flat bottom. Flat bottom baths are going to create a smooth, still water that will be ideal for smaller birds.

Offer Only Fresh Seed

Offer a variety of birdseed that’s high in fat and protein, and low in grains. Finch prefer sunflower seeds, which you can purchase from a pet store in shell or a seed mix containing peanuts, millet, corn, and other seeds.

Choose a feeder that’s large enough for the finches to feed from without being so large as to attract predators. Small finch feeders are available at most pet stores, which offer a variety of seed types, along with millet-heavy commercial mixes.

Keep fresh seed available at all times, and change the seed daily to ensure the freshness.

Add a Perching Stick

Birds need a perching spot of solid, nonmovable structures to land their feet onto. Usually, this is a branch on a tree. If it’s just the seed feeder that’s available, chances are your birds won’t be too keen to land or stick around.

Adding perch sticks can help attract finches because the sticks can be used as a secure spot for your birds to land onto and to get some rest.

Perch sticks will make your birds feel welcome and at home, making them get comfortable with the feeder. If the birds are comfortable, they’re more likely to keep coming back for the delicious seed feeder meals.

One way you can keep the perch stick safe from squirrels and other rodents is to fashion it with metal pipe and bend the ends down to form anchors to the ground.

Lure Them with the Right Plants

Finches are attracted to certain plant seeds. In order to draw them to your yard, plant seeds from the plants they feed on. For example, the Common Finch feeds on walnuts, black-oil sunflowers, red crabs, honey locust, as well as other seeds. You can plant these plants to increase your chances of attracting these birds.

Temporarily Move Other Feeders

Make sure there are no alternative food sources in your yard. Remove your bird feeders for a while. Offer some milletseed and sunflowerseed to the finches. It’s best if you do this in the morning, which is when finches are at their hungriest.

The finches will continue to ignore the other foods in your yard for a few days. Once they are comfortable with the domain and its feeders, they’ll start feeding normally.

After some time, you can remove the temporary food source. However, if some finches still can’t resist the temptation, you can repeat the process to lure more finches.

Keep Your Feeders Clean Inside and Outside


Finches and other birds are very much territorial when it comes to feeding. They will be sure to defend their prime real estate, pulling out any intruder that dares to cross its boundaries. To avoid such confrontations, try and have at least 2-3 widely distributed feeding locations to encourage them to coexist. Alternatively, you can fill up every feeder with a different type of food. This adds variety, which could be just enough for them to leave each other alone.

Make Your Feeders Convenient:

Avoid feeding your birds near trees and shrubs with thorny branches. These branches are uncomfortable to perch on, and probably even to get to. Always keep a few open spaces for the birds to land on. A perch, however, is not the only thing they need – they also need a way to get to the food. You may need to put out some bowls or even attach a pole to your feeder to make access to the food easier.

Cleanliness and Sanitation:

Always keep your feeders clean and sanitary. Your grubby backyard is not a hotel with a 5-GPA rating.

Pests and Disease: