I feel very disadvantaged with the feeders down. Finally, I put up a tray of just black sunflower seeds. There are plenty of bugs and other seeds and blackberries in the woods, but this is the only locale where they can find favorite seeds. I’m just yearning to see a bright yellow Goldfinch before their colors start to fade. I’m weak. I know, but I can’t help it.
It will probably be three or four days until any of the local birdies find the feeder. — unless the Cowbirds come back, in which case down come the feeders.
I also just read a great book about birds. I recommend it to anyone who birds, casually or seriously. It’s called: “One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives” by Bernd Heinrich. The individual lives are the lives of birds.
He’s sort of famous runner, but he’s a very dedicated birder too. He lives in a cabin in Maine without electricity — but including Wi-Fi. He lives in the woods and when he wants to see how the baby hawks are doing, he climbs trees. His observations on Blue Jays, for example, are rather different than mine, but maybe it has to do with his much wilder location.
I really enjoyed it and I felt like arguing with him about Blue Jays and their communications, but he has done a lot of listening. He’s probably right. \
He has regular YouTube video about running, but I guess he couldn’t help himself and had to add birds. I’m going to have look to him up.