February is the time of year where finches of the northern boreal forest are nomadic, entire populations will move around in search of food. If there is a poor seed crop in the northern forest you can have thousands of birds move south in search of greener pastures.
Therefore this is the only time of the year where you can have a chance of having these winter finches showing up in your yard and at your feeders. Birds such as pine siskins and common redpolls will love nyjer seed and small pieces of unshelled black oil sunflower, while the larger finches such as the purple finches, evening grosbeaks, and pine grosbeaks will enjoy crushing the black oil sunflowers with their large beaks.
The County Farm Centre is having Finch February to celebrate the possibility of having these colourful winter finches showing up in the county and your yard. Chris Davidson is our resident bird expert.