Parker County Today PCT June 2018 - Page 91

A single behavior cue may be all you need to identify a bird family. For instance, nuthatches are the only birds that consis- tently walk down tree trunks headfirst. If you have a bird that always seems to approach the suet feeder from above, you can start the process of elimination by looking at the nuthatch- es. In another example, Pine Siskins are small, striped birds that will feed at an upside down nyjer feeder. Female House Finches are small and striped, and they eat nyjer seed, but they almost never feed upside down. Even before you sort out the other detai