Christmas before last, my wife received a bird feeder for our deck. Things were going pretty well with the Wagner’s Eastern Regional Blend, except for the squirrels.
Initially, we defeated them by swinging the boom holding the feeder out over open space off the deck, but a few months back they figured out how to defeat that, and basically whenever we weren’t looking, they emptied the thing. I don’t know what it was they were so crazy about; maybe the sunflower seeds.
So a month or so ago I bought some seed at Lowe’s that would only attract smaller birds — and cardinals.
So what’s happened? The cardinals tend to hog it, and run the sparrows and wrens off.
And some of them have gotten pretty fat.
Get a load of this guy. Yeah, his feathers are kind of fluffed out, but he’s still rather large.
And he’s not even eating. He’s just sitting there, staking out territory. Very political, very wordly for a bird of the cloth.
I think I’ll call him “Wolsey”…