|Beautiful birds. But greedy!|
While they're feeding, nothing else is allowed near the suet. Luckily, they are messy eaters; chunks of suet fall to the ground beneath the whole time.
|More starlings clean up the mess ...|
|But so does the varied thrush, which otherwise does not get any.|
There's quite a community here now; the chickadees and house finches, coming mainly for sunflower seed, juncos for smaller seed and suet, assorted sparrows, towhees, and a pair of thrushes for whatever they find on the ground. Robins check the lawn for worms. Besides the starlings, a flock of 20 or so bushtits comes by every day for suet. Occasionally, a flicker shows up at the edge of the evergreens. Recently, it's been trying to collect suet, but hasn't quite gottent the hang of it yet. And I can't forget the squirrels; they stuff themselves with sunflower seeds then go hang upside-down by the suet cage, morning and afternoon.
It's taking them less than a week, these days, to eat one suet pack.
And this was a first: two days ago, I looked up from my desk to see a merlin sitting on the birdbath. He flew away as soon as I got the camera ready. And no small birds showed up for an hour.
I've been working on diatom identification. More on this, tomorrow.