Date: 11/20/20 4:17 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
Thanks for sharing gentlemen.
I absolutely love these stories!!
In this Season of Thankfulness I'm truly thankful for the joy these
creatures bring to our lives.
Stay safe and well all.
Pete Sar

On Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 7:08 PM Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> wrote:

> 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!
>
>
>
> Kevin
>
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>
> *From:* <bounce-125158003-3493952...> <
> <bounce-125158003-3493952...> *On Behalf Of *Robyn Bailey
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 4:33 PM
> *To:* Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>; Peter Saracino <
> <petersaracino...>
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *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?
>
>
> 😊
>
> Robyn Bailey
>
>
>
> *From:* <bounce-125157588-15067888...> <
> <bounce-125157588-15067888...> *On Behalf Of *Chris R. Pelkie
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 2:29 PM
> *To:* Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
>
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> 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!
>
> (:-)
>
> ______________________
>
> Chris Pelkie
> Data Manager; IT Support
> Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
> Ithaca, NY 14850
>
> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ccb/
>
>
>
> On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> So I hung strings of Christmas lights on the porch the other day but
> didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I
> finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find
> single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into
> which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever
> could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be
> places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
>
> I think that's kind of neat!
>
> The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
>
> Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
>
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