Itís just about a fact of life that birds and squirrels will eat just about anything. So, last week, when I found a half-eaten bag of potato chips in Momís room, I crushed them all up and sprinkled them on the deck for the critters to enjoy. A better choice than eating them myself!
The next day, the crumbs were still there. Untouched. And there they sat through the afternoon, the next night, and into the next day, when Mom finally decided to brush them off the deck and into the grass.
Whatís this??? Birds and squirrels are selective about what they eat? I continued the experiment, this time with a crumbled banana nut muffin [from a mix] that Mom brought home from church on Sunday afternoon. Itís now late Tuesday afternoon, and all those crumbs are still sitting there!
Is it possible that birds and squirrels recognize that this processed stuff isnít a food source? Maybe they realize that thereís no nutritional value and they wonít touch it? Hard to believe, but itís always hard to outsmart a squirrel, as anyone who has maintained bird feeders knows.
Iím going to view this as a Ďnutritionalí test. If the critters donít find it fit to eat, itís probably not fit for human consumption, either! Iíll keep experimenting. I know theyíll eat fruit and nuts. Maybe Iíll try them on some low-fat granola and see what their verdict is!