Friday at the Flicks - Pollen Beetles + Enterprising Starling
As promised a few days ago here is some video of the Pollen Beetles at work.
They sure do love their pollen:
The soundtrack is 'Hunger After Dinner' from a ProTracker module by Delta X of fraxion.
Sometimes there are darn near fifty Starlings in the trees around my garden. The only feeders they can use are the wire baskets containing a mixture of peanuts and suet pellets. Naturally the pellets disappear first but the birds have to work for them by clinging on the outside and pecking off small pieces. To my astonishment one of this years brood had other ideas. It must have found out by accident that the lid can be lifted to gain access to the inside. As far as I can tell only one bird regularly does this and even though the others can see it they don't seem to have tried copying:
I was worried that it might lose its footing and fall in head first and get stuck. Sorry the end of the video goes out of focus. I forgot that it is better for this sort of video to use manual focus.
Have a great weekend observing the antics of the wildlife around you.