I filled up the feeders in the garden today, a regular event with the sunflower seed dispensers, but not need to do the peanuts yet again.
I had a look through some old photo's of birds feeding in the garden, and until this year Great Spotted Woodpeckers were always on peanuts, but now that's changed, I hardly ever seen them
on their old favourite, now it's sunflower hearts.
Jackdaws still hang around on the roofs and occasionally come down for food on the lawn (really a patch of rough grass), but I haven't seen them on a feeder for ages, this was about five years ago, and it may have been just one or two birds that learnt the trick.
Even Great-tits, at one time peanut addicts seem to have quit taking them. It seems that most birds have learnt that Sunflower seeds are easier to extract from the feeder, possibly higher in energy and definitely easier to take away and eat in a safer place.
Starlings just haven't been very evident this winter, with just a few gathering in the trees each evening, and an occasional visit for a drink. Only exceptionally now do we get any on the feeders, but I have seen one or two still taking peanuts. I wonder if this change is general or more specific to my garden?