I made some of Zick's Suet Dough the other day. I put some out and found it was all gone by the end of the day. Being suspicious, I thought the Starlings might be getting it all. I decided to do some detective work. This required the Bird Cam!
I hadn't used the Cam in a long time and didn't have much time to fiddle with it, so when I came home after being away for five hours, I found that I had almost a 1000 photos! About 889 looked like this:
The Juncos love this feeder! (House Finch in the background.)
But the Bushtits visited a few times. I have a flock of 30+ who make the rounds a few times a day.
I think the Scrub Jays made off with many of the big chunks. Note to self: crumble the suet more.
Song Sparrow and Golden-crowned Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee and Junco
Okay, now I know where all the suet went! I had multiple photos of this Squirrel making off with large chunks of suet. In many of the photos I could see him bounding around in the background.
Since then I have moved the suet dough to a new feeder that Squirrels can't reach.
But... tomorrow is a holiday, perhaps I will leave him a little present.