Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Problem with Peanuts

Over the years I have done a lot of thinking about foods to add to the feeders, and foods to subtract.  Not all additions pass the test of value to cost.  A good example is nyjer seed which is expensive and too often rejected by goldfinches (its only real consumer).  Lately I have wondered if the peanut feeder is at all worth it.  Peanuts are not moving quickly, and photo evidence suggests that the visits by such otherwise-suet eaters as nuthatches and Downy Woodpeckers are outnumbered by those of the pesky scamps, yes, the Grey Squirrel.  Perhaps the feeder is so well secured that the birds don't want to bother with it.  Or maybe peanuts just don't appeal as much as other things.  Either way I need to run some hard numbers before I pick up another sack of this stuff.  To heck with feeding squirrels!

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