Here in Hancock, Maine, the American goldfinch and pine siskin with occasionally a nuthatch or so enjoy eating their thistles from my (roughly) 3" by 10" mesh feeder. I find they do best here when I have two feeders. Then, whenever it rains, I exchange one I have full of fresh thislte and bring the wet one in and shake it out to dry for the next rain. (Of course, bringing the one in when it rains also solves the problem, but it always starts raining when either you're not home or it's 3 a.m.) The reason for all this: if the thisle gets wet through and the finches can't eat it all in one day, it begins to mold and the birds will have nothing to do with it. Even with this fuss, I still think this is the best kind of thistle feeder around. There is almost no limit to the number of birds that can hang on and munch out. By the way, it took me months to find a mesh that was right. I tried some with the mesh too open and most of the thistle ended up on the ground. Some were to tight and the birds gave up trying to get their dinners there. Internet searching, samples examined, fabric shops searched and nothing could be found...until one day in K-Mart wandering through the laundry section, aha! Martha Stewart's dirty-laundry bags! Just right, and now, that is where I get the mesh to make these fantastic finch thistle feeders. The cost for these finches is listed as $3.75 which is for 1. For any orders of more than 1, the cost is $3.50 for each. Shipping is free. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]
Synthetic mesh and string.
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Sewing Cats and Birds--Anne Dominick