Norma Boeckler mentioned how many sunflower seeds her birds had eaten already. I figured correctly that our birds would be hungrier once the cold weather arrived. But this is hardly winter. We have morning frosts that melt away, supposed snow that melted on arrival - never saw it. The days are sunny and warm with brilliant blue skies.
However, the hard frosts have killed off the insects that move, cutting back on the menu for birds. I work across the street from a seed and feed shop, where the prices are far lower than a hardware store's, with greater variety.
I will buy a bag of corn ears for when our grandchildren will stop by. It is fun to see a squirrel sitting at his chair and eating his corn. In fact, when I stopped filling them last summer, empty cobs were carefully laid out where I would see them, near the regular bird feeders, not at the foot of the tree. That made me laugh, but not hard enough to spend $7 for a bag of corn ears.
That ends up being the price of 50 pounds of corn. I wanted that for two reasons:
- Squirrels are going to fill up on sunflower seeds if they have no corn.
- Bluejays really enjoy corn kernals, and I like bluejays.
I was spreading around corn and getting limited attention from the birds. I bought a large bag of black oil sunflower seeds and generously spread them around the Jackson Bird Paradise and the feeders near the house. I also spread some Walmart peanut butter on a metal holder.
The sunflower seeds were ankle deep (for a bird) in the hanging platform. The sun was out and the birds arrived.
- First five goldfinches sat there eating away, very happy. A house finch joined them.
- Second, a chickadee or two landed on the platform. Some birds began to line up on the Jackson EZ Bird Swing.
- Third, a woodpecker also stopped by for food.