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Re: Avian learning curve
  • Subject: Re: Avian learning curve
  • From: Zemuly <zemuly@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:35:57 -0600

I love birds. I have a dish of birdseed on my front porch. The cats
enjoy watching, and so do I. There is a squirrel that puts its nose on
the window until the mockingbird bops it on the head.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 26, 2013, at 3:14 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> Last summer we got an upside-down suet feeder for our woodpeckers.
> Until that time we just hung suet in a wire mesh cage, and all the birds
> loved it - they were going through a suet cake every two days which 
> was getting pretty pricey.  Of course we also feed sunflower hulls, so
> there was something for everyone.  
> Well, it was most interesting to watch the birds adapt.  At first only
> the female downy woodpeckers came to the new feeder.  The males
> would sit on the top of it and watch.  Then after a few days the male
> birds alaso got the hang of it.  The larger woodies were slower - the
> red-bellies and the hairies - but they too finally learned how to use the
> feeder.  They always liked to eat hanging upside down, but just had to
> be shown, I guess.  
> For  quite a while no other birds used the feeder. Then a pesky squirrel
> made a pass at it.  He managed to gnaw his way into one end and pull
> the grid open enough to get at the suet, but I guess he decided it was
> too much work, for he hasn't continued.  
> Perhaps the extreme cold has made the birds need the suet more, or
> perhaps they just finally caught on by watching the woodies, but this
> week we have seen nuthatches, chickadees and Carolina wrens hanging 
> upside down to eat from the suet feeder.  Interesting.
> Auralie
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