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Friday, January 24, 2014

Photo Share: Red birds feasting on safflower cylinder

People ask me all the time, "What bird likes the safflower seed?" This is a great photo that shows a couple of birds that savor safflower.

Safflower is a bitter seed that most mammals, like squirrels and raccoons, will avoid. The starlings and blackbirds don't like it either but I've found that a lot of red birds like safflower. Along with the Northern Cardinals and House Finches I've found woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches also like safflower.

This safflower is in the shape of a cylinder and held together with gelatin. It is a great way stop birds from scattering seed. They actually stick around longer too because they have to work to get a seed off the cylinder.

Thank you Lynnette for sharing your wonderful photo. If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.

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