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February 16, 2012


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I found this site while looking up blackbird hiding food. I just watched a blackbird take something large like a cracker, break it up into smaller pieces and distribute it around the yard in the grass.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Tom, I'm not sure of blackbirds cache food, but they could have been raiding the stores of some other bird or critter. Great observation!


I've been curious, so I looked it up. I didn't find any mention of blackbirds storing food. There are no less that three in front of my office door that have been digging up berries from the mulch under the bushes. Apparently an anomaly. I've read that blackbirds don't cache food at all.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Gayle, very interesting! I'm going to offer another explanation: a critter of some type (chipmunk, mouse) is storing food away in that house. Has the opening been chewed at all? Are they able to access it? It just sounds a little bit more like a critter caching method. Just a possibility!
Let me know if you find out.

Gayle Grisdale

I was just cleaning my eaves and noticed that one of the birdhouses I had hanging there had something in it. I thought that it had been used for nesting, but when I took a closer look it was filled with seeds. I was going to put it away for winter, but decided to leave it out as the birds must have left it there for when food was scarce. I didn't know they did this, but after reading your site it was something new I have learned. We don't really have Blue Jays around where I am in Toronto, Ontario, but do have sparrows and chickadees. Thanks for the info. Gayle from Toronto

The Zen Birdfeeder

Gerry - pancakes are filling but not the best nutrient-dense food for the birds. Try rationing your birdseed each day so you can extend it longer. Put out a measured amount each day - when it's gone, it's gone until the next day, but might help you spread out your dollars better.
Thanks for caring for the birds!


Hello All - I am snowed in, out of wild bird seed, have been making pancakes & have empied my freezer of anything edible for them. I spend about $40- a week in the winter, when snow is on the ground. Have used up all my gift cards, etc. These little ones are very impt. to me. I don't feed them in the Spring, Summer or Fall... I have Rasberries & other foods on my property, they are a joy to watch, but cant wait for Spring.


I saw acorn woodpeckers in Arizona. They were definitely one of my favorite birds of the trip - little clowns!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, I've never seen an acorn but the images of them and their granaries are amazing!! Have you seen them in person?


Although they are not in our area, Acorn Woodpeckers are masters of caching. They will store thousands of acorns, often in a single tree!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Rohrerbot - Great! So good to hear! And thank you for being such a great blog reader and adding to the conversation. It is VERY much appreciated!


Just learned something new today. Thank you:)

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