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CIM officer cleaning MY feeder
All was well and the Wren moved all the sticks that I threw on the grass into its new digs. Bingo, problem solved. Not soo quick there Mr. Flash. This morning I look out and I see that the Wren is actively enforcing my Crack in Moderation (CIM) policy by chasing any birds that try to get to the Zick dough in the peanut feeder. Although I realize that Nancy Reagan isn’t happy about CIM, I know my House Wren will keep any over indulging woodpeckers away from the feeders. I smile and think how well everything is falling into place at the Owlbox estate…[cue scary music here] BUT suddenly I see the House Wren disappear through the FEEDING hole in the BIRD FEEDER, reappearing with some BIRD FOOD. I then see my CIM enforcing officer return for several trips, each time coming back with a beak full of bird food. Needless to say, I’m NOT happy.
Based on Julie’s experience I would recommend offering Zick dough infrequently, especially if your Blue birds pig out on it. I offer mine in my two Woodpecker feeders and also a small amount on each of the platform feeders. The platform feeder dough gets gobbled up by the Crows, Jays, Titmice and Chickadees within a couple of hours. The dough in the woodpecker feeders generally lasts about 1-2 weeks which shows me that the birds are eating it in moderation.
I think it’s important to mention at this stage, that research has shown that most birds do not depend on bird feeders as their primary food source and if that food source disappears that won’t starve, so don’t feel bad if your feeders empty out. Julie's case clearly illustrates this as the Blue birds returned to eating wild food once the Zick dough was no longer on offer. Again, I would say have fun with the feeders - keep them clean and take lots of pictures.