Friday, January 24, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.