>Birds Eat Upside Down
One of the neat things about moving to Idaho, was the abundance of birds around our house; big ones, little ones, Hawks, Owls, Songbirds, Pheasants, Killdeer, Quail, Robins, Ducks and Geese, We see Quail all the time. It’s so cute when you spot a family running along the road. The two adults are followed by what appears to be 8-10 Cottonballs-with-toothpick-legs. That always brings a smile. One time I even saw a Chukkar in the backyard. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the Huge Turkey. I saw him wandering around the yard and went out to see if I could get close to him. Mrs. Geezer was filming from the window as I sneaked around the corner. I didn’t realize it but the Turkey had gotten behind me somehow, and was following me. Remember that bit in the Abbott & Costello movie? “Slowly I Turned… Step by Step…”. Kinda like that.
When we first moved up here, we did what a lot of people do, bought a couple of bird feeders, including a Finch Feeder. For a bird to eat out of this feeder, it has to hang upside down. Apparently the Sparrows and Wrens haven’t mastered this skill, because I never see them do it.
I think these are Goldfinches. They are eating some Really Expensive Birdseed. It’s Thistle Seed. It ought to be spendy, it’s imported all the way from Ethiopia, for crying out loud. I have often thought it might be cheaper to feed them Prime Rib, but I can’t figure out how to put it in the feeder.
Anyway, the Finches are the only birds that can eat the Thistle from the feeder because they can Hang Upside Down.
So ends the Bird Lecture for today.
Any Finches in your neck of the woods?