So I gave a holiday gift to one sector of our local bird population.
I stuck a two-part hook in the ground:
and hung a mesh feeder from the hook:
I filled it with a special seed that goldfinches like:
Their little feet can latch onto the mesh, and their beaks are small enough to grab the seeds out from the holes:
I tied a yellow bow on the feeder, as the owner of the feed store suggested. The bow isn't to look cute; it's there to attract the goldfinches. Flying overhead, if they look down and see a flash of yellow, they will think one of their kind has found something worth coming out of the bushes to eat, and they will flap down to investigate:
So, now everything is in place, and I'm just waiting for the goldfinches to figure out that the restaurant is open.
I've been told it could take a couple of weeks before they catch on. I wonder if it would help if I stood outside wearing one of those sandwich boards that says "Open for Business"?