[CT Birds] Martin Gourd Mystery...
rmharvey at snet.net
Thu Apr 19 22:22:25 EDT 2012
My guess is that someone thought they were bird feeders, so they filled them. The half-eaten condition was because birds had been in there feeding.
Beacon Falls, CT
--- On Thu, 4/19/12, peeplo at aol.com <peeplo at aol.com> wrote:
> OK folks; I saw something Saturday
> that I can't explain. Our purple martins came back more than
> 2 weeks early, so I went out to clean out their nesting
> gourds. When I took the first gourd off the pole, I almost
> dropped it due to the weight. When I opened it up, it was
> half-full of uneaten sunflower seeds. When I took down the
> second gourd, it too, was full of seeds; this time it was
> cracked corn and mixed seed. By the time I was through, I'd
> found 8-9 gourds half full of uneaten seed. Most were filled
> with sunflower seeds. The poles have predator guards,
> although a squirrel could jump above it from nearby shrubs.
> I've never seen a squirrel by he boxes. I suspect flying
> squirrels or perhaps a hoard of starlings.. Any guesses
> Frank Gallo
> Life is short. Bird often.
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