During winter some people have their yard sprinkled with snow. Where we live the yard is sprinkled with birds. The sparrows, robins, titmice, warblers and doves are all over the yard. It is truly amazing and a cat’s paradise.
I decided to use this opportunity to try an experiment with the kids. I wanted to determine the favorite seeds of the various birds who were visiting our bird feeders. So, we found an old board and set it up on the back of two chairs near the kitchen window. I bought three kinds of seed - thistle, millet and sunflower and they set about creating the piles.
The son used the dump approach when putting out his seeds. When he was finished and realized she was going to do the "scoop and pour gently method," he left her to go eat lunch.
She worked at it methodically...
...until all of the thistle was scraped from the bowl.
Since the birds were everywhere I had decided that putting the seed out right before lunch, would mean that the kids could eat and watch the birds eat. Lunch was consumed and not one bird had been enticed by our piles. They didn’t give up though...
The taunted us by eating all around it.
The sparrows used the bucket as a bird bath.
But finally they came...
We’ll watch them eat for the next week and post the results. So far I’ve guessed, at least one, incorrectly.