[CT Birds] Peanuts are for the birds!

SOPHIE ZYLA sophiezyla at snet.net
Wed Mar 4 08:29:37 EST 2015


Grinding the peanuts is such a great idea! I've also, in past years, put them out and the Blue Jays sure do love them! I bet the woodpeckers would like the peanut butter that results from grinding too long!

Sophie Zyla
Beacon Falls, CT

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 8:16 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

For years I've put shelled peanuts out on my feeders, and they  are a 
favorite of many birds. But the price of them has gone up and up and up  till 
I've had to ration them. I used to get whole raw peanuts from Agway,  but they 
were very hard and only a few birds could really eat them, most notably  
Bluejays. I once watched a Jay stuff 15 peanuts in his mouth without stopping. 
I  like Bluejays, but not that much! Other birds like Titmice and  even 
Chickadees would take them and fly off, but I wondered how they  could eat them. 
I tried to chop them up in a food processor and it broke; they  were just 
too hard. Carolina Wrens love peanuts more than anything, but they  don't 
have the technique down for eating them like some birds do. They don't  hold 
them down with a foot, just rare back and pound at them with their beaks.  
Invariably the peanut squirts away and they have to retrieve it and try again. 
More recently I have been able to get roasted peanuts, mostly  halves, and 
they are much softer. To make them go farther I tried a food  processor 
again and it works beautifully. Just don't grind too long or you can  end up 
with oily dust. And now all the birds are happy! Each can select just the  size 
piece they like best, and I've seen birds take them that never touched them 
before. In the past few days I've seen both male and female Cardinals 
eating  pieces and flying off with more. 
Now the Wrens take the tiniest crumbs, wolfing them down one  after 
another. I have one that spends 10 minutes at a time, eating them like a  sewing 
machine. I'm not sure but I think even the Goldfinches take the  crumbs too, 
although they come for the millet. There is no loss from chopping  them up; 
at the end of the day there is not a trace of peanut left on the  feeder.
Only birds that are probably not as happy are the Bluejays; it  takes a lot 
more time and effort for them to get their fill and usually they  don't 
stay that long. But the best part is, now the peanuts last a lot  longer on the 
feeder and everyone gets a share. And since they are  high in calorie and 
fat content I think they are an excellent food to tide them  over through the 

Don Morgan, Coventry,  Ct
mntncougar at aol.com
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