WHO’S ON TOP – Marilyn Armstrong

Who’s on top

More Goldfinches at the feeder! We now have two big feeders, so we don’t have to feed the birds, squirrels, Flying Squirrels, and raccoons as often. I don’t think even our crowd of creatures can empty these feeders in a day.

I could be wrong, but I do not think I am. I think we’ll get two, maybe three days before we are seriously empty.

Who is on top? Position change momentarily.

I think the flyer is on top!

Categories: Birds, flying, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, square, Wildlife

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8 replies

  1. I don’t know…. I’d place my money on the furry bottomless pits.


    • We’re putting out almost 20 pounds of seed in the two big feeders. The squirrels don’t really eat much. They scare away the birds, but even when they are hanging all over the feeders, they don’t eat a lot. Nor do the Flying Squirrels. They eat very little. But the Raccoons eat pounds of food at a time and make a godawful mess in the process. I always know when the raccoons were on the feeder because of the piles of seeds on the deck. Luckily, we have a lot of doves and they are ground feeders, so on a good day, the raccoons download a lot of seeds and the happy doves clean up the mess. But 20 pounds of seeds are a LOT of seeds, even in our wildlife sanctuary. I figure we’re going to get three, maybe four days if the weather is bad and longer if the weather is nice. Bigger feeders are a LOT less work.


  2. we have loads of bird seed here, wish I could send you some!


    • There’s no guaranteeing our birds would eat it. I remember one day I decided to try “midwestern” seed … and the birds had NO interest in it. The only universal food seems to be sunflower seeds. Everything else is individual and you’d think if they were hungry enough, they’d eat it anyway, but they don’t. I think they have a DNA package that tells them what’s safe to eat and also, what’s good for them. Just as well. They can’t read the package labels.


        • That’s what Garry says. But their body tells them what to eat and if their body says NO, you can’t make them eat it. We’ve lost a lot of birds because of that. There used to be milkweed all over North America and that is the ONLY food Monarch butterflies will eat. Farmers used to let it grow along the edges of fields, but since the big corporate farms have taken over, they just plow everything down … and we are losing millions of Monarch butterflies because there’s no milkweed. And it’s just a big fluffy weed. Many other birds are dying for similar reasons. They can ONLY eat what their DNA tells them to eat.


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