[CT Birds] Peanuts For the birds Follow up
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Thu Mar 5 10:41:25 EST 2015
We've been buying the two pound bags of peanuts (roasted/unsalted) in the shell from Fairway market for ~$3, and doing the shelling (altho' the bluejays will take them before the squirrels get them shell and all and open them up). Takes some time, but doing it while watching TV makes it go fast.
Message: 11Date:Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:16:30 -0500From: Mntncougar at aol.comTo:ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.orgSubject: [CT Birds] Peanuts are for thebirds!Message-ID: <dd64a.4cd8648.42285fad at aol.com>Content-Type: text/plain;charset="US-ASCII"For years I've put shelled peanuts out on my feeders, andthey are a favorite of many birds. But the price of them has gone up and upand up till I've had to ration them. I used to get whole raw peanuts fromAgway, 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 mouthwithout stopping. I like Bluejays, but not that much! Other birds likeTitmice and even Chickadees would take them and fly off, but I wondered howthey could eat them. I tried to chop them up in a food processor and itbroke; they were just too hard. Carolina Wrens love peanuts more thananything, but they don't have the technique down for eating them like somebirds do. They don't hold them down with a foot, just rare back and pound atthem with their beaks. Invariably the peanut squirts away and they have toretrieve it and try again. More recently I have been able to get roastedpeanuts, mostly halves, and they are much softer. To make them go farther Itried a food processor again and it works beautifully. Just don't grind toolong or you can end up with oily dust. And now all the birds are happy! Eachcan select just the size piece they like best, and I've seen birds take themthat never touched them before. In the past few days I've seen both male andfemale Cardinals eating pieces and flying off with more. Now the Wrens takethe tiniest crumbs, wolfing them down one after another. I have one thatspends 10 minutes at a time, eating them like a sewing machine. I'm not surebut I think even the Goldfinches take the crumbs too, although they come forthe millet. There is no loss from chopping them up; at the end of the daythere is not a trace of peanut left on the feeder.Only birds that areprobably not as happy are the Bluejays; it takes a lot more time and effortfor them to get their fill and usually they don't stay that long. But thebest part is, now the peanuts last a lot longer on the feeder and everyonegets a share. And since they are high in calorie and fat content I think theyare an excellent food to tide them over through the winter. Don Morgan,Coventry, Ctmntncougar at aol.com------------------------------Subject:Digest Footer_______________________________________________This list isprovided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussionof birds and birding in Connecticut.For subscription information visithttp://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org------------------------------Endof CTBirds Digest, Vol 2928, Issue 1****************************************
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