I have been feeding the birds using my deck feeder. I started out with black oil sunflower seeds for the Cardinals. They are beautiful birds. Then I added a few unsalted peanuts to attract the Blue Jays. Their favorite food. It worked. They are much bigger birds than the cardinal and more aggressive. So, I alternate with the peanuts so they don’t take over the feeder. The cardinals are intimidated by their size and the loud hawk-like sound they make. Cardinals are also known to eat peanuts, but the ones at my feeder only eat the sunflower seeds.
I wondered what they did with the peanuts. The Blue Jays will get one, sometime two whole peanuts in their mouths and fly away to crack it open to eat. The weather is surprisingly mild today. We have snow coming tomorrow. So I ventured out and found one spot they have been using. Under my magnolia tree. Too funny. They left the evidence behind.