Hi Lisa...I'm surprised you don't get House Sparrows. This area is over-run with them. In the winter, about 50 move into my neighbors dense shrubbery. And boy, do they eat!! I think I remember that you live in Massachusetts, so our climate is probably similar. Do your grackles leave in the winter too?
Mavis...about the fox sparrows. Do you live in Canada?? I'm wondering how far north they go, since I had them for a couple weeks too on their way thru, and if they also pass thru
your area...how far north do they go??
Angie...it does seem odd to only have one goldfinch. I bet the thistle draws more. Is it a male that you're seeing?? Maybe he'll bring the wife and family when you put out thistle. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I talked my daughter into not cutting down a bull thistle that was growning along the fence by her pool. It was about a foot high at the time. Now she's ready to kill me...its about 4 foot high and growing...LOL. By the time its done, it'll look like a Xmas tree, with prickers. But it sure does draw goldfinches when the flowers dry up!! Getting rid of the darn thing when it dies off will be alot of fun, since the yard is enclosed with a 6ft. wooden fence.