Recorded from inside a bird feeder, this video gives you front row seat to feeder behavior. When you watch chickadees at your feeder you might notice that they typically grab a seed and fly to a nearby perch to enjoy it. Other birds like finches and jays tend to stay and eat. Chickadees have relatively small beaks and need to grip the seed with their feet while working the meat out of the hull. Larger billed birds can work the hull off without the help of their feet. Next time you watch birds come and go from your feeder, notice the shape of their beak and see if you can predict their feeding strategy.

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