Date: 11/20/20 4:08 pm From: Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
My best memory of feeder birds caching was a number of years ago on a warm fall/winter day and I had my sliding door open so I could take pictures of the birds coming to the feeders on my deck. I had my camera on a tripod just inside the open door. I was doing something on the computer on the kitchen table and a Red-breasted Nuthatch flew into the house with a sunflower seed in its bill. It landed on the tripod, looked around, and tucked the seed into a crevice where a leg came off the base, then flew away back outside. Six feet away from me.
No matter how good their spatial memory, I knew it wasn’t going to retrieve that one.
I love Red-breasted Nuthatches!
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Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 4:33 PM
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Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
Working from home, and my home being a log cabin, I see birds throughout the day coming and caching seeds in between the logs and windowsills…anywhere they can fit it. Mostly chickadee, titmouse, and red-bellied woodpecker are the ones I see doing it.
It’s fun to think of them using my house as a larder, and using their spatial memory (or some luck) to find them later. I wonder how many pounds of seeds are collectively stashed in the crevices of my house right now?
You’ll want to pry them out. Some years ago, a squirrel stashed sunflower seeds into my exhaust pipe.
OMG, there’s nothing on earth that stinks as bad as burning sunflower seeds!
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