The day after the birds discovered the feeder, I discovered just how messy birds are when it comes to eating. They regularly hurl seeds away to find their favorites (like children picking between vegetables). Deft beaks make short work of shells allowing them to shower down to the ground. Some of this falls over the rail to the ground far below, but a fair portion of it was falling on my patio. Being a neat freak I wanted to do something about this, but I also realized it was a losing battle so I placed one of the large planter pots underneath the feeder to catch the shells. I figured, what the heck, its seed husks, it’ll decompose into nutrients. In the last couple weeks, however, some of the birds’ castaways from feeding have survived and are sprouting in the catch-pot.
Pip and I were both kind of surprised. We had both assumed that commercial bird seed was sterile(d). This doesn’t seem to be the case with the brand I bought though (Pike’s Nursery). So among the mystery plants that may or may not be growing in that pot (there are close to half a dozen sprouts at this point), are sunflower, safflower, millet and thistle. I’ll get a detailed list off the label and a photograph later.
Updated After the Cut
The bird seed in question contains Sunflower, Black Oil, Striped Sunflower, Safflower, Peanut, Millet and Thistle.
On a less pleasant note, I came home to catch a squirrel in one of my planters in the process of wreaking havoc upon several of my plants. The mystery planter is all but dead, with sprouts callously nibbled off and not even eaten. The Strawberry lost several stalks and the Squash has a badly damaged main stem; I’m not sure it will survive.
I vowed then and there that it is officially “on”. I will not rest until the squirrel(s) in question are JERKY.