Date: 3/6/17 5:29 am From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> Subject: [Tweeters] first birds to ever visit my bird feeders at my house!
I just had to share the good news: today, whilst i was writing, i saw a pair of blue tits fly up to my bird feeders (which i first hung on sunday) and pig out on peanut pieces. i was surprised to see them bypass the suet balls for peanuts, but there you have it. i was also surprised these birds discovered my feeders within a day of them being placed -- i thought i'd be waiting for months -- but i am very excited.
within a minute or so of the blue tits' arrival, i then saw a house sparrow poking around in the snow at uneaten seeds from my collection of birds (mostly several types of millet). unlike the USA, where house sparrows are invasive, house sparrows are native to much of europe, although their numbers are declining -- in some places, they are declining at an alarming rate.
i am curious to know: how long does it take your birds to find a new bird feeder when you move in to a place that has no previous bird feeding? does the time it takes birds to find these newly-hung bird feeders vary with season? which species is generally the first to find a new bird feeder?
have a great day, and may all your birds be well-fed!