At last! For a few days there the seeds were disappearing but I still never saw anything on the feeder. I suspected some less welcome critter was raiding it at night.
This morning, The Hubby came into the kitchen to tell me we had visitors. And did we ever: song and English sparrows, a pair of cardinals, chickadees, and a pair of titmouses. (Titmice? Whatever.)
Oddly, they all came at the same time, in a mixed flock, staying under the cover of the pussywillow and maple. They swooped in, grabbed a seed or two, and fled back to the bushes. They stayed about an hour and then all disappeared again.
Now I just have to find a post or something to mount the feeder a few yards from where it is so I can actually see it from the windows. And take down a screen. And mount the camera on a tripod, at the ready. I'm excited!
5 hours ago