We bought a couple of thistle seed finch feeders at the local discount department store today. The old system of thistle socks (like the one in the middle) was becoming a hassle, with the birds pecking holes in them making them almost useless. We were throwing several away each week.
I filled the new feeders and Bob took them up on the hill. Shortly after that, the finches were busy feeding. When the feed sock in the middle is empty, we will retire it. Click on the image to enlarge.