When all of the food was gone, some of the finches went back to the feeder, but the rest just hung out waiting for more food. Since I couldn't keep the platform stocked, I decided to buy a food block and place in on the platform. The Mourning Doves figured it out right away, but most of the finches have not. I placed some loose food around the base of the block which attracted a lot of action. Still only a few of the finches figured out that the large block was food. Most of the small birds have gone back to the traditional feeders. I imagine that they will figure it out eventually.
We also have a good patch of sunflowers which are now producing seeds. These are clearly the favorite of the American Goldfinches. The Goldfinches rarely visit the feeders now. At nearly all times of the day there is at least one Goldfinch in the sunflowers. The House Finches occasionally visit the Sunflowers, but generally don't stay long, preferring instead the less work required at the feeders. The Goldfinches are the true organic eaters. I appreciate them even more fore preferring the natural stuff.
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