I’m so confused and impressed by these house finches.

They don’t like seeds with shells. I think my neighborhood finches are lazy, because the internet says they should have no problem eating seeds with shells. Nevertheless, these little jerks refuse.

I don’t always keep the feeder stocked with the hulled ones. They’re expensive, plus they attract starlings.

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The finches don’t stop by at all if there are no hulled seeds. The starlings will keep checking for several days and then fly off disappointed.

But as soon as I replenish the hulled seeds, the finches are back at it immediately. Even if they’re buried amongst shell-on ones!

I never catch them checking when the seeds aren’t there. But they always know immediately when I’ve replaced them! How are they doing it?

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