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Old Saturday 21st March 2020, 15:30   #1
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Chickadees at my Humming bird feeders.

Hi all, long time reader, first time poster.

I've got 3 feeders here I keep out year round and for quite some time now the Chickadees have feeding/drinking from them.
Pretty often, almost as much as the Hummers do themselves.

Here's a short vid I did yesterday...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dwz5gmSc3A

I'm not complaining mind you, as I could easily put a stop to it by installing my bee guards.

Just thought it was a weird bird behavior and wanted to share.
Anybody else have other birds helping themselves to the sweet juice ?
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Old Saturday 21st March 2020, 17:10   #2
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Heck, i've got Chickadees, Titmouse and Downy Woodpeckers availing themselves to the hummer feeders.
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Old Saturday 21st March 2020, 18:35   #3
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I could see the Titmouse but the Downy would really surprise me.
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If Downy Woodpeckers have learned to enjoy the libation you offer, I'd expect Sapsuckers and Orioles to get the message as well.
Please keep us posted, ideally with pictures.
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If Downy Woodpeckers have learned to enjoy the libation you offer, I'd expect Sapsuckers and Orioles to get the message as well.
Or are their bills too thick to get into the holes? Downy has a much smaller bill than those, so can get it into feeder holes more easily.
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Or are their bills too thick to get into the holes? Downy has a much smaller bill than those, so can get it into feeder holes more easily.
Tongues are very flexible and boy do woodpeckers have tongues!
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Tongues are very flexible and boy do woodpeckers have tongues!
Yep - but they're evolved for pulling out insect grubs, not sugary water. Tho' have to admit, I don't know if sapsuckers have any adaptations in that direction.
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I've never seen a Sapsucker at my hummer feeders
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I’ve had orioles and Gila woodpeckers on mine. And in the fall the bats love to feed on the feeder at night.
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