This was so interesting I had to tell you all about it. I love watching birds, but rarely have the opportunity due to life stuff, you know. We have a bird feeder that hangs in a big maple tree about ten feet from our dining room window. We just love watching them when we get the chance. There are blue jays, cardinals, finches, sparrows, and some kind of sparrow-like bird that's blue, buff and grey. There are a couple of evergreens that stand behind the maple and the birds gather there and sit on the evergreen bough to wait their turn at the feeder. There is a dead branch on the maple where they perch that is right next to the feeder. The feeder is big enough the birds can sit in it, even the blue jays. Yesterday, I filled the feeder for the first time since early summer. It took about an hour for them to realize there was fresh seed in it, but when they did, they must have sent out the chirps of happiness. It was sooo interesting to watch their behavior. They shared and took turns in the feeder. About ten birds would sit on the evergreen bough. Then several would fly down to the dead perch, then one at a time they would enter the feeder, snatch a seed and fly out letting the next bird jump in, take a seed and fly out. They all did this for about ten minutes, one at a time, one seed at a time, rotating their positions from the bough to the branch to the feeder. Then one blue jay got greedy and slurped down a dozen or so seeds and another blue jay flew clean through the feeder and chased the hoarding one out. We know the bird feeder is out of seed when the cardinals come up to the windows and chirp. They've in a way become part of the family. I now have about fifty more friends.