In my reading I came across this link to Audubon’s Native Plant Database. Where, for the mere mention of your zip-code and an email address, you can find the native plants for your area that will help to bring birds to your yard.
Cool thing is, the image on that page was of a male goldfinch standing atop a purple coneflower, Echinacea.
We’re treated to this site every summer and fall season. As the purple flowers mature and the cones grow taller the finches visit more often. They dine on the seeds whenever they’re deemed ready. I really do get enjoyment seeing the brilliantly colored birds carefully standing on the spiky seed heads to get at their lunch.
We have a perfect view from the kitchen window to spy on them being so busy. If the window is open, you can hearing them chattering to one another!