Friday, November 14, 2014

Who Do You Want At Your Feeder?

            So you’re looking to get the jump on attracting patrons, customers so to speak, to your hanging eateries; but you’d like to keep out the ornithological riffraff and bullies. Those incorrigibles that not only waste seed, but also get unsatisfactory marks for not playing well with others.

            Right off the bat let’s forget about corn. Corn is a favorite among the worst of our feathered friends. Crows, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Black birds, and pigeons are drawn to it like ants to a wet sucker. And since it is their favorite they’ll rake through the rest to get to it. Rake, as in all the others in their way go flying out and onto the ground; to the ground, where the squirrels are gathering (we’ll talk about those next week).

            Sunflower seeds and hearts will bring the best to your feeders. Chickadees, Nuthatches, Finches, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Titmice. These are the “black tie and tails” of the “Avian world”; beauty and grace, they’ve got it all. Unfortunately the Sparrows, Black birds and Jays like them too; hopefully the others will keep their big beaks shut and not let on to the culinary delights at your feeders.

            I’d forgo the millet too. Finches like it but so do the Sparrows, Black birds, and Pigeons. Better to go with Thistle instead; you’ll get the Finches but not the others.

            Nix the Milo as well; it will just bring in the Jays and Pigeons.

            Suet is loved by Chickadees, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, and Titmice. You may get an occasional Jay, but if you throw a little corn over in the neighbor’s yard you’ll… You didn’t hear me say that; I did not say that…

            Stay tuned next week when we’ll talk about Bullwinkle’s sidekick Rocky and his friends in regards to your backyard delicatessens.

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