After hanging the feeder at my new residence and watching not one single guest partake for 4 WEEKS….finally….a pair of American Goldfinches happily dine and I in the window, happily watch with a big silly grin from ear to ear.
So I start to wonder. How does a bird find a new feeder? By sight? By smell? And why does it take so long?
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
“They are drawn to feeders because they see the seed, see or hear other birds feeding, have learned a “search pattern” for bird feeders, or are very inquisitive and investigate new things on their territory or along their migratory route. Seed eating birds do notice other birds at feeders–by sight and sound–and join them.”
Welcome friends. I’ve waited patiently. No not really, ha ha ha!
Now go tell your friends where to get a good meal.