It's amazing to be so close, without binoculars, to be able to watch them skilfully hold the seeds and manipulate them around.
The blue tits seem to push off the coal tits, but are willing to share with the chaffinches. The coal tits are very fast, flitting in and out of the tray, usually taking the largest peanut they can find. Apparently they hide them away for when food supplies are less abundant! There are frequent skirmishes between the coal tits with aggressive posturing to each other.
I was initially concerned that the birds may fly into my window and hurt themselves, but this doesn't seem to happen, although I do have a vase of flowers on the inside windowsill. However a number of birds spend time under the feeder trying to peck at the seeds above them!
- It can be very distracting to the point of making you late for work.
- More feeders = more food to buy.
- They are messy eaters so the path underneath the window now needs weeding.
- They are quite expensive.