Sunday, December 30, 2007

Picky Little Peckers

   When I moved to my new room I hung a bird feeder outside my sliding door to the courtyard.  It was a type that had attracted dozens of finches when I was living in Hesperia, CA.  But here in Merced, not one bird has come near it.  Why?

   I put some in an elevated bird bath.  No takers.

   So I spread wild bird seed on the bare ground and a few LBJ (Little Brown Jobs, chickadees, I am told) came and pecked cautiously at them. 

   Next I spread more seed, this time throwing it under bushes and trees. This time lots of little birds came.  It is tough to be a little bird. You don't dare feed anywhere in the open.  I guess they are afraid of bigger birds, or cats, or humans.  They will only feed where they can remain mostly out of sight.  They are picky where they peck.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION: I have been told that only hummingbirds can fly backwards. Not so.  Finches and bigger birds do too, When finches were feeding from a hanging feeder, the would approach, hover, and drive off whatever bird had perched on the feeder, and would fly backwards when perched bird refused to move. It aint graceful, but it does the trick.


garnett109 said...

can't feed the birds here to many cats

jckfrstross said...

i love birds:) Happy New Years Chuck


valphish said...

Wow, I didn't know that other birds could fly backwards, too, neat!  I love to feed the birds.  I had a bird feeder and my darn landlord took it down.  Now why would he do that???  WHO doesn't like birds??  Weird.  Happy 2008, honey!  Love, Val xox

plieck30 said...

I like your entry and I like to feed the birds. Paula

jmorancoyle said...

    I can appreciate how wonderful it is to watch birds feed from your own little feeder. It's watching life all around you. I hate to say it, but I don't allow them here. My kids have brought them home after making them in Scouts and I have to say no. I have cats, and I can't imagine anything more cruel than inviting birds into my yard only to fall victim to the kitty with the big teeth and hungry growl.