Monday, June 06, 2005

Dharma's Dominion

Last week there was an interesting discussion on Rurality about American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis) and what they like to eat. We already had one birdseed feeder in the yard that we filled mixed seeds, but we learned Goldfinches liked Nyger seed from a thistle seed feeder. The finches had been enjoying the mixed seed, but we thought we'd try this new feeding option. So, on Saturday we picked up a feeder and seed that the finches would like, and while we were at the store, we bought another hummingbird feeder that would seat six birds. Our two-seater was working out just fine, but there were more hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) coming by, and we thought we'd feed them too.

We were astonished to find out just how much the goldfinches like Nyger seed. Sometimes the new feeder has six birds munching away, while two more wait in the wings, so to speak. The pirate took the opportunity, after hanging the new feeder, to repair the mixed seed feeder. There is often a lot spilled seed under the feeder, but this repair and jostling spilled a lot more. Later in the day, while all the birds were feasting away, we noticed a rabbit under them also enjoying a meal. We were delighted with the results.

Bunny (another camera/binocular shot)

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