tamarack Posted November 2, 2022 Share Posted November 2, 2022 58 minutes ago, ORH_wxman said: Chickadees don't sit and eat at bird feeders.....they typically grab one seed and then fly to a nearby branch or perch and eat the seed there and then return to the feeder for another one. Rinse and repeat. Titmice and nuthatches behave the same way. We have a ton of them that come to my feeders....prob seen 6-8 chickadees at once before near the feeders but typically not all on the feeder at the same time as they are in different stages of flying to and from the feeder after grabbing a seed. Years ago, I read one theory on why those types of bird do that and it was because their beaks aren't strong enough to crack open sunflower husks, so they need to peck at it while holding it down on a branch to open it. Finches, grosbeaks, cardinals, etc all have much stronger beaks that can crack open the sunflower in one shot. Our feeders get mostly suet or suet-y seed cakes, so the weak-beaks can get swallowable food on site. However, if there's one chickadee on a feeder and another comes in, there's lots of fluttering and one one stays more than a few seconds. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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