New bird feeder or preferred food: why do they love the tiny house?

Last month while out and about, I decided to purchase an additional bird feeder to better service the small flock of birds that have begun including my house on their regular flight path. We had one bird tube, posted up on level two of the building. Mostly we get to see chickadees and nuthatches at the feeder, with a number of other birds showing up down-below to feast on scraps.

In case you do not have the pleasure of nuthatches, they are the most highly selective birds I have seen – on average I would say 8 to 20 items are rejected before the perfect nut is found and taken. This creates a thriving dirt worshipping colony of birds and also squirrels and maybe a chipmunk which rummage below the feed station. The squirrels really want to cut the middle man and get to the tube, but they have had no success thus far.

For feed station number two, we found a tiny log cabin style one with a feed trough on either side of the food compartment. The nuthatches ignored it for about a week, until the chickadees discovered it and began feasting. Then it seemed like both feed stations were in regular rotation. Recently, though, nearly all traffic has moved to the tiny house of seed. It has yet to be determined if the birds now prefer the trough style food access, or if the tiny house simply has a more desirable type of bird food in it. We regularly switch brands of feed, so it’s possible the tube now contains a different seed blend than the tiny house.

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  1. Lavonia Doughman

    Another important thing to note is how much of the seed you are giving is actually just filler. Many less expensive feeds use a lot of filler, which the birds don’t generally eat and are basically a waste of money and can make a mess in your yard. Filler seeds include milo, sorghum, red millet and golden millet. Birds will push through these fillers to get the food they want, so it is more financially sound to choose one that is higher quality.

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