Popular Seed Block

There is something in there that they like

A couple of years ago we started hanging a Pennington Seed block on a pole outside one of our windows. It seems like every bird in the area, including a number of surprising suspects has come by to try it out. Above is a Northern Mockingbird. At first it was only one, but the first one convinced its opposite number that there was something good here, and since that time I have frequently seen pairs of Mockingbirds visiting the seed block.

Here we have a Tufted Titmouse and a Red-headed woodpecker on the seed block at the same time. Once it is eaten down, we move what is left to one of the tray feeders, and it typically doesn’t take very long for them to find it and finish it off. The recent snows had an interesting side effect. Normally, the local chipping sparrows prefer to eat from the ground or trays. They will also use standard perches. They would come over and land on top of the seed block’s cage and try to reach the top of the seed block. However, when the snow covered everything else, they discovered it was possible to hang on to the side of the cage and get at the only visible seed (everything else was under snow). Since that time, several sparrows have remembered this, and they have continued to cling to the cage to eat. This has led to a second variety of jailbird.I am sorry about the lower quality. I didn’t want to scare it off, and the sparrows seem to be a bit “nervous” about eating here. Don’t worry, it had no trouble getting back out again without help.


Chickadees break into jail and back out again

This caused a bit of a panic the first time I saw it happen. There is a seed block hanging outside one of our windows. A surprising variety of birds visit the seed block, including mockingbirds and brown thrashers. It was a fairly new addition to our collection of bird feeders. I happened to look out the window, and something looked a little off.

The chickadee was inside the cage holding the seed block. I was a bit worried about something like this having read stories about chickadees getting themselves into places such as the inside of tube feeders. So now the question was, did we need to let it out? We watched for a bit, and eventually the problem resolved itself without issue. The holes in the cage are large enough for a chickadee to get in and out without trouble. I don’t know if it makes it easier to get to a chosen seed, or if there is some other logic behind it. Once I saw two in there at once, but that didn’t last long. Another time, one squeezed itself in on top of a fresh seed block. This is a frequent sight whenever the chickadee thinks he will fit.

If you are curious it is a Pennington Premium seed block.