Black Eyed Susans and Gold Finches
Gold Finches are one of a few birds that begin building their nests in July and raise their young in the fall. They usually build their nests in areas close to the Thistle Plant so there is adequate food for their young.
Putting out thistle in your feeders from July through December will help these birds raise their young.
Another plant that is helpful to the Gold Finch is the Black-Eyed Susan–one of our targeted native pollinator plants, along with Goldenrod.
As the flowers dry up, they have a lot of seeds near the middle that these finches love.
So don’t trim up your Black Eyed Susan until January or February. They are a great resource for birds such as the Gold Finch.