Techniques for eating: It has been interesting to observe how different birds process the seed at my feeders. Tufted titmice, chickadees, and blue jays hold the seed between their feet and pound the shell with their beaks to get at the “meat” inside. While goldfinches, purple finches and grosbeaks can just crack the seed in their beaks and swallow the edible part.
We love our bluebirds! We have a pair that raise two families every year in one of our nest boxes. We monitor these boxes for Cornell’s NestWatch project. They ask us to take photos when we check the boxes if we can do so without disturbing the birds. Here are some of our nestlings from this past summer (: