Do all birds like birdseed?

I’ve been watching the birds in our garden which I am glad to say are quite plentiful now that we have the feeders up and a dish containing water for them.
I noticed a dove the other day which was enjoying a good nosh on the seed that had fallen out of the feeder but was limping.
From what I could see, he only had one foot but he was obviously adapting as he flew off with no problem. I saw him again this morning, and although the absentee spot is still tender, he was doing OK. It reminded me of a Canada goose in Poole Park that we nicknamed Limpy Joe who only had one foot. He went on for years!

My blackbird chick is funny though, and thus my post title.
The little one, which is almost as big as Dad, was dutifully following the adult in the hope of getting something shoved in its face. Dad wasn’t having any of it though and was trying to encourage the youngster to scratch the ground for seed.
No photos yet, but if there was a running commentary, this would certainly fit the bill (or beak).

Dad: Come on. Watch and learn.
Chick. OK.
Dad: The way to do it is scratch with your feet and scoop with your beak.
Chick: So feed me.  
Dad. No. Now’s the time to learn to fend for yourself. Dig in!
Chick. Do I have to?
Dad: The seed is free, easy and plentiful.
Chick. But I don’t want to be a vegetarian!
and with that, the chick hopped over to one of our veg patches and attacked what looked like a worm!Previously used google image

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to Do all birds like birdseed?

  1. foguth says:

    I once saw a duck that had a bad foot, but she lived for years.
    And, no, not all birds eat seeds, some eat fruit, others eat meat.

    • I threw half an apple out onto the garden the other day and the skin was pecked clean within two days. I guess they like variety the same as we do. 🙂

      • foguth says:

        When we were in Belize, my husband was eating an apple & that caught the attention of a scarlet Macaw … they shared.
        BTW, if you have a seed feeder, it’s wise to be able to mow underneath – birds have an untidy habit of scattering seeds that eventually sprout … if you don’t want to raise your own seed, mowing is easier than weeding 😉

      • Our feeders are attached to the top of the archway we put up so Hubby can mow underneath. The little blighters head butt the feeder for their chums below as they can;t all ‘sit round the table’!

      • foguth says:

        That’s a perfect location!

      • The birds love it and with the water dish directly underneath, word is getting round. We had a wagtail today and a great tit yesterday. We have two bird boxes up now, though they need to be seasoned to get rid of the Man smell, so hopefully will have some takers in due course.

      • foguth says:

        Love what you’re doing with your yard! Purrseidon approves, too 😉 She LOVES watching birds.

      • The garden’s looking really good, and our efforts seem to be paying off. The veg is going quite a mad as we’d like, but it’s early days really!

      • foguth says:

        It’s still spring there, isn’t it? Here, in the semi-tropics, our summer squash is already done.

      • I don’t know where we are to be honest. Spring was supposed to be March I think, but the seasons are so irregular, it’s difficult to tell! It’s overcast and muggy today, but at least quite warm now that the rain’s stopped and the wind’s dropped.

  2. Who knows? I’ve recently discovered chipmunks like chicken! Who knew?

  3. When I lived in bigger cities, I always saw pigeons missing toes – it got to the point where I realized most of them seemed to have some sort of toe issue. It seems foot problems go with being birds!

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