A new birdfeeder presented unexpected challenges for some birds. The seeds were visible, but access to them was different from the way it was done in the old feeders. All the outlets for the seeds are near the bottom of this new feeder.
Very simple for most of the birds. The sparrow has it figured out. “Come on down,” he calls, but the towhee, on the top right, is still puzzled.
“Nice seeds, but how in the heck do you get at them?”
“Whatcha doin’ up there, Rufus?” the Oregon junco called.
“ARRRGGHH! These are the darndest things. I can see them. Why can’t I get at them?”
“You just stick your head in the red dish … look … like this!”
“I just don’t get it. I’m looking right at the seeds, and I can’t get them.”
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say to him. What a dimwit.
“I guess you could always have some suet, Rufus.”
Brand new feeder, brand new seeds,
Specially made to suit their needs.
High-tech model, high-tech spout
Way too hard to figure out.
Rufus hammers, Rufus picks,
He’s exhausted all his tricks.
Junco coaxes, junco shows,
Why is it that junco knows,
How to get them, how to eat?
Rufus must admit defeat.
He can’t get it, he can’t do it,
Junco points up at the suet.
Don’t go hungry, don’t despair,
Eat that suet over there.
Feeling stupid, feeling dumb,
What a birdbrain I’ve become.
Rufus gorges, Rufus gobbles,
Now so fat, his flying wobbles.