Wednesday, July 31, 2013
If You fill It Will They Come?
A year ago I got a nice metal mesh finch feeder, filled it with food, and hung it from my deck rail next to a redbud tree. The birds never came.
A friend told me the tiny nyjer seeds I was using would get stale quickly and the birds would then snub them, so I dumped the old stuff out. The second time I only put in an inch of seed, then waited for the birds to discover the new batch. Nothing. I tried it several more times with the same results. The seasons changed, but the feeder continued to be unused. I got tired of emptying out the uneaten seed about the time cold weather came, and left it hanging all winter with its layer of bird seed.
When the weather warmed up I dumped out the old seed, thoroughly cleaned the feeder, refilled it, and crossed my fingers that the new year would bring the flocks of birds I hoped for. Nothing. A couple of months ago I wondered if I should take the feeder down; that week a few chickadees came by, and one or two sparrows. I got excited but after the initial spurt things went back to normal.
Last weekend I heard a rustling of tree leaves on the deck. I looked out the kitchen window and was ecstatic to see a large bird hanging on to the feeder's wire mesh. (At first I thought it was a woodpecker but after research I decided it might have been a nuthatch.) The bird moved around the feeder scaring off the other birds that were trying to take a turn. Yes, I had a bird feeder queue!
The next day I was THRILLED to see a goldfinch grabbing a quick seed meal.
After that spurt, though, it's gone back to normal. I don't know what I did (or didn't do) right, so I'm having trouble doing (or not doing) the same thing again.
Five years ago today: New Thing #202--Can You Read This?