A colony of sparrows is populating the community housing unit atop a flagpole above our back deck.
They’ve got it pretty good back there, with plenty of available food (we provide) and loads of handy nesting materials.
This unit has 10 apartments and as near as I can tell all are occupied.
Yesterday, in an effort to persuade the local goldfinches to drop by I put up a tube finch feeder filled with nyjer seeds.
Hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll see goldfinches and other finches too around the front of the house. I’ve put this feeder up front so the finches don’t have to compete with the sparrows, which love it out back.
I added a second feeder out back too. This time I tried a squirrel-proof feeder (sorry guys). If too much weight sits on any of the perches, the food slides out of reach. Very clever. This feeder has U-shaped perches, which are comfortable for the cardinals in the crowd.