Sooner or Later

Calling me one day last week, the conversation between my son and I went like this...

SON:  "Mom, quick question.  How long does it take for birds to come to a feeder once you fill it?"

ME:  "About 5-10 days once you put it out.  They need time to realize it's there, and that there's a food source.  Why?"

SON:  "Because I filled the feeder and I haven't seen one bird.  I've got squirrels, but no birds."

ME:  "You mean you finally filled the feeder that's been hanging in your back yard EMPTY for years?  Goob, think about it...why come if there's no food?  They just got tired of waiting and moved on.  Give them time...they'll come around."

Muttering and grumbling under his breath, I knew he wasn't happy with my wise answer.  Yet it was the truth.  He had hung the feeder up years ago but never filled it.

The evening of the Fourth of July, my son called to once again wish us Happy Anniversary.  "Mom, did you get my message this morning?  Why didn't you call me back?  Well, listen, real quick I just ran home to pick of a few things because we're going to go watch the fireworks so I thought I'd give you another call.  Hey, Mom, guess what?  OMG, Mom I just saw another bird at the feeder.  Oh...unless it's the same one coming back...oh no...wait, there's another one.  Mom, one is like those little yellow ones you have and one seems to have a little reddish tinge to it's head but it's small.  Oh, Mom, and there's a Blue Jay.  Hey, I guess you were right, they just needed me to put seed in it.  You know, I think I'll pick up a few more feeders."

ME:  I'm still chuckling.  Can you imagine how he's going to react when one of these shows up at his feeder? 

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

Sooner or Later

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According to Google...

The Rule of 2s is that it might take 2 seconds, 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks, even 2 months for birds to use a new feeder! It depends on many things such as feeder placement, the type of feeder, the quality of the food, bird population in your area, weather, predators, and more.


eileeninmd said…

Love all the birds. Happy Anniversary, I missed that! Enjoy your day and I wish you a happy new week!
Its wonderful when folks start actually seeing birds and paying attention to them. Happy its happening. I'm thrilled to see those birds at my feeder too. We don't see bluebirds because the habitat just isn't right for them. They're down the hill though.
Wait til he notices the hawks hanging around looking for an easy lunch....
Ann said…
LOL, yep ya need seed in those things to make them come around. Those birds probably figured it was empty like always
That was funny. I recently got a new bird feeder, because my previous one broke, but now the squirrels seem to have an easier time eating the bird seed out of this one. I don't get the variety of birds you do, but at least I get Cardinals, so I'm happy with that. (One time I put out a suet feeder, and then I got a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, which I was thrilled about. Apparently that bird doesn't like my bird seed, or else it eats it when I'm not around to see it.)
betty-NZ said…
It's nice that he called for advice! I would love to hear him squeal when other beauties show up at his feeder!!

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Rambling Woods said…
Yes sooner or later..

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