November 17, 2006

My cup runneth over

My cup runneth over
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur.
The farmers are bringing in the harvest faster than it than the mill can accept it. They are piling it on the ground near the bins and processing it at night.
The weather has been terrible for the harvest this year, almost t continuous rain.

Sparrows etc don’t go near the pile. As soon as it is cleared the will go and root around in the gravel to find seeds.
Perhaps so much food overwhelms the birds to the point they don’t recognize it as a food source.


dguzman said...

I have always wondered why birds don't attack those big piles of grain. Maybe you're right--it just seems like a big mound of sand or something; only when they can see the little kernels/grains do they realize what it is. Interesting.

Rondeau Ric said...

I watched them for a while and thought it was odd.
If you took a city slicker and dropped them into the middle of 5000 acres of wheat they probably wouldn't recognize it as food. Bread, don't you know.

Susan Gets Native said...

Maybe they see it as a threat? Like a huge pile of sand that may suck them down?

Rondeau Ric said...

Could be Susan. One other thing I heard is that it shifts around and that may scare them off.