Friday, July 04, 2014

[jules' pics] Feeding the birds #2

The question of exactly what is being fed by our garden bird feeders remains as much a live topic as ever.
The squirrel school is going very well. They have trained James to make gradually more difficult puzzles. Each new one can be completed after about a day of hard thought. Then James has to think up a new, more difficult challenge for them. This step by step progression is ideal for honing the problem solving abilities of both James and the squirrels.
And here's WOL, sat waiting by the possibly squirrel proof suet ball feeder. Do WOLs eat blue tits? Alternatively he or she might have been hoping to catch the mousey thing that we have seen burrowing under the house.
Either way, I was astonished to see a wild owl only about 2 metres away (through the window).

Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 6/11/2014 07:56:00 PM


Steve Koch said...

Great pictures, even better than usual! Squirrels can certainly empty a feeder rapidly and it can be a challenge to squirrel proof a feeder, they are determined little rascals. I really like to watch the antics of hummingbirds, who drink sugar water from a feeder, rather than eat seeds.

EliRabett said...

Jules needs to meet Thers

James Annan said...

Would not be easy to photograph hummingbirds in the UK, or even to see them, feeder or not...

Hummingbird hawkmoth, on the other hand...

Steve Koch said...

I did not know that there are no hummingbirds in the wild in the UK.

The hummingbirds who live in my backyard are extremely territorial and will chase off any male hummingbirds who encroach on their territory. The aerial battles fought by these tiny birds are spectacular.

Hummingbirds are sometimes attacked by preying mantuses. Here is a video of a preying mantus attacking a humming bird: