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Now that there's snow on the ground, we've put out the bird feeder in the backyard. We have to refill it each day (we get a lot of hungry birds and the occasional squirrel).

This afternoon, while I was trying to put the feeder back on its hook, a little grey and black bird landed in the tree next to the feeder and then hopped on one of the perches on the feeder to get some seed before flying off.

My guess is that he must have been very hungry if he was willing to come within a foot of me.

Date: 2014-12-05 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donnad.livejournal.com
I have discovered that if I buy the expensive, no waste, sunflower seed, bird food, it lasts a lot longer than the regular seed with the whole in-shell sunflower seeds.

I watched our feeder one day, the birds come and toss the regular little round seeds out on the ground to get to the sunflower seeds, emptying the feeder faster. When I put in the no-waste seeds, the birds eat it all, I have no waste on the ground under the feeders and I only have to fill the feeder every other or every third day (depending on the weather.) From now on, I'm going to spring for the expensive stuff, less mess and they actually eat more of it.

Yesterday we had purple finches on the feeder, something we don't see very often. We get the usual, blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, chickadees, tufted titmice, nuthatches, and a couple varieties of woodpecker every day, when something different shows up, it's nice to notice it.

Date: 2014-12-05 03:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] perspicuity.livejournal.com
Back in my apt each feeder had a particular seed even

Some birds like variety and moved around but some ate the one true seed, so that was fun too.

If you have a critter can (as I know Donna does) you might get some surprises

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Date: 2014-12-05 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quietann.livejournal.com
We actually specifically did not buy any food with millet in it. It just gets dumped. But the feeder is getting emptied very quickly so I wonder if some other critter is getting a lot of it.

Date: 2014-12-05 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donnad.livejournal.com
Is that what those little yellow seeds are, Millet? I didn't know that. Thanks.

If I leave the feeders out at night the raccoons get into them, so I bring them in at dusk and put them out when I get up in the morning.

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