Date: 5/7/18 9:04 am From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> Subject: [birders] head to head over the jelly and other yard birds
Used an old two layer metal soap dish (well washed, of course) tied to the railing of our deck to serve up this year's grape jelly for all comers. The top layer of the dish is brought in each night to discourage coon depredation. This setup is working better than old dishes or commercial nectar feeders.
Interesting visitors to this jelly dish this morning were a red bellied woodpecker and the usual oriole. Unusual? Yes, because I had never before seen these two birds face to face across a three-inch dish. The red bellied made one half-hearted jab at the oriole and then they both went back to the pile of grape jelly.
Other morning pleasures were two white crowned sparrows on the deck floor pecking at black sunflower seeds and two rose breasted grosbeaks on the feeders and the railing for the same seeds.