886 – Wednesday An Experiment

Normally, when I put the bird food out I layer it in the plastic pot I use. Ground up peanuts at the bottom, mealworms in the middle and no-grow birdseed on the top. i then just upend the pot on to the birdtable, andd let them get on with it.

The birds waste a lot of birdseed, a lot. I’m asking myself if I should ditch the bird seed and just stick with the other two? To try and work out just how popular are the three elements I put on the table I did a little experiment this morning.

Having cleaned the birdtable off, I prepared this morning’s food in three separate containers, and with a little bit of fiddling to get around the anti-pigeon-measure-that-doesn’t-really-work control I deposited each food in a different corner and retired, working on the premise that I would be able to go out later and check what has been eaten. It almost kind of worked, but I will have to repeat it. So, what went wrong then?

Well, I wasn’t able to get out to have a look at the table until lunchtime. As I approached the back door I could see a guest at the table and realised it was the squirrel. Now, he was definitely focussed on the corner where I had deposited the seed. Now, was he there because the starlings had cleaned the table elsewhere? The other problem was that the wagtail was bouncing around, running in after a seed, and dashing out again. I didn’t want to disturb it, so I had to wait until it was gone.

When I was able to get out in to the back, the only thing I could say for certain that the only food left was the birdseed, of the worms and peanuts there was no sign. I could conclude that the peanuts and the worms were more popular than the seed. I need to have another go tomorrow.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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