Western Tanager Loves Suet
- The past two days I have had a lovely male Western Tanager coming to my suet
feeder--a squirrel-proof one. I make my own suet with lots of peanut butter,
oatmeal and sunflower chips. At first he had difficulty deciding how to
reach the suet--finally got brave enough to squeeze through the wire squares that
keep out the squirrels. In fact yesterday when it was raining hard he moved
in under the suet (I also have a plastic globe that keeps out the rain) and
just sat there for several minutes. He eats with dainty bites, different than
the Red-Breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches and Goldfinches--they just grab a
big bill full and go.
The new feeder has frustrated the first-of-the-season Black-headed Grosbeak,
though, evidently he cannot quite squeeze through the squares and has to
reach in--barely getting to the suet.
Such birdwatching fun.
27860 Poppy Drive
Willits, CA 95490
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