The Northern Cardinal, the Blizzard, and the Peanut
We’re having a blizzard today, possibly a foot of snow or more by tomorrow morning. I’m not complaining, though. I get to spend the day on the porch watching the birds at the feeders. This is the kind of weather that keeps the feeders busy.
There are lots of Woodpeckers, Chickadees, and Goldfinches – but it’s the Northern Cardinals who keep drawing my attention. They go to great lengths to extract peanuts in the shell from my feeder.
This makes me happy, as I had worried that the Cardinals would go missing once I stopped putting out sunflower and safflower seed. I stopped because sunflower and safflower attracted great voracious hordes of English sparrows who would eat everything in their path. English Sparrows love peanuts, but they can’t handle peanuts in the shell. Fortunately, the Northern Cardinals are not so easily deterred, and I am glad to reward their perseverance.
Doesn’t it look like he is balancing himself with one wing? These feeders are not really made with Cardinals in mind. They are moire accommodating for bigger birds like Bluejays or pecking birds like Woodpeckers or Nuthatches.
He can’t quite pull it loose – dang!
Fortunately, there’s more than one way to skin a peanut.
Resistance is futile, peanut!
Hurrah! The peanut is mine! And the English Sparrow looks on enviously from above.
The Goldfinch is not impressed, however. He’s just really cold.
Seen any good bird antics lately?