In the past I have had a flicker standing comfortably on my brick windowsill for 20 minutes at a time and sticking his long tongue into the lowest little opening of the niger feeder gathering lots of little seeds, retracting the tongue into his beak, then repeating and repeating and repeating...  Such a relatively gigantic bird next to the small feeder; he certainly brought the seed level down fast.
 
Jackie Chain
St Louis County
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--- On Tue, 3/3/09, Susan Eaton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Subject: Re: Cardinal on the Suet
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Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 5:23 AM

I observed a pretty funny sight in my backyard: a Northern Flicker hanging on the nyjer feeder and eating seed with his huge beak through that tiny little hole on the feeder.  He was almost as big as the whole feeder itself!  Quite amusing.

Susan Eaton
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO., MO
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On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 11:13 PM, Chris Barrigar <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Sunday morning this past weekend, I was nearly knocked backwards when I looked out the back door and saw a male Cardinal on top of the suet cage reaching in and eating from the suet.
 
Granted I don't watch the feeders closely enough to say that this has never happened before, but in the 8 years we've stocked birdfeeders, I haven't witnessed this behavior.
 
I guess it's just not something I woke up Sunday morning thinking I would see. Just wondering if this is something witnessed by others.
 
Thank you and good birding!

Chris Barrigar
 
Stoddard Co.
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