“In spring birds return from their tropical vacation. Six months later they regret their decision and go back.” ~ Anon. And that sounds just like my sister-in-law!
GC recently purchased and placed a bird feeder in a spot where he hopes to enjoy the sight of his feathered friends as they take advantage of their new feeding station.
Whenever I’ve purchased a new feeder I am often disappointed to see it initially ignored by our garden birds.
I can almost hear the birds ‘egging’ each other on and tweeting: “Go on, I dare you to try it first!”
In my garden, the first creatures to try out new feeders have usually been the grey squirrels, but in early autumn the squirrels disappeared. Who killed the Squirrels?
Without the squirrels eating the nuts, the birds were slow to finish off the contents and coupled with the excessive autumn rain, the nuts became mouldy and inedible. Not wishing to poison the birds I cleaned and disinfected the feeders and reduced the number of feeders down to two.
Before the squirrels disappeared, I used two types of feeders, one type for wildbird seed and the other for peanuts. The squirrels with their acrobatic antics were amusing to watch, but they often tipped the seed feeders sideways which usually resulted in some of the seed falling to the ground.
Other birds such as the Jay and the larger birds including the pheasants, benefited from the seed spillage.
Unfortunately, in late autumn the rats appeared and joined the ground party, and not wishing to encourage rats I reluctantly stopped using wild birdseed.
I’m pleased to say the nut feeders are well used and a couple of weeks ago a solitary squirrel made an appearance in the garden.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020. Word/Photo Challenge Bird Feeders from Weekly Prompts