Rob Robin here, so named by Emily, faces a quandary. As it turned out, he let the grass go for a bite of nutty suet, and the grass all blew away. He probably looked around and decided there was plenty more where that came from!
The suet feeder has been a fun diversion from school, Bible reading, emailing, and any other activity that takes place in front of the window. Our birds are very timid, and they wait two weeks to come around again after anyone goes out to the deck. The peanut butter suet attracted only robins, and that after six months of aging. The suet disappeared quickly when the robins finally found it, much to our delight.
The new suet, with nuts and berries, is now giving us a good show. We have seen house and field sparrows, of course (who doesn't have sparrows?), a few house finches, and lately, a very skittish yellow-rumped warbler couple, who won't sit still for a photo. I have assigned Amy a chair by the window in hopes of a quick candid shot through the glass with her new camera. ...Here comes the male! Quick, Amy! Get him! This warbler's range must have expanded since 1980; that's when my field guide was published, and east central Minnesota was not in it. Isn't he pretty?!
Oh, give me a little cabin on the back forty somewhere. I could sit in front of a bird feeder all day.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
in wisdom hast thou made them all:
the earth is full of thy riches.