This will be the last Jory-written quiz for awhile while he and his family recover from a horrendous flood that destroyed the interior of their home.  Hopefully, the legions of fans he has accumulated while serving as the 10,000 Birds’ Quizmaster will be patient and keep visiting, and, once he is ready to write some more quizzes, be prepared to answer them.  Good luck, Jory!

The quizmaster’s house (that’s my house) suffered a catastrophic flood when I was in New Mexico scoping out all three of the rosy-finches and otherwise exploring that beautiful state.

I’ll be spending many months watching as the contents of my house are carted away and it is gutted and then rebuilt.

My wife Hope and I had been intending to really clean the house and re-paint when we returned.  I guess we didn’t modulate our intentions…as the volume was set way too high!  Next time we set intentions, we’ll be a bit more precise.

So until we get our feet on the ground again, much of my birding and quizzing will be taking a siesta!  Here is one last pre-seista quiz-like question.

I had just purchased 50 pounds of sunflower seeds, a bag of nyger seed and a dozen suet cakes before leaving for New Mexico.  What is the correct thing to do with this bird feast for the next six to eight months while my house gets transformed?  The seasons will pass through the end of winter to spring and summer and the house likely won’t be ready for habitation again until fall.  What should I do with the seed???

As always, leave your answers in the comments.

Written by Jory
Jory's first field guide-identified bird was a Northern Cardinal. This turned out to be his gateway drug into birding. In 2007 Jory became the least accomplished birder to see 300 birds in New York State in one year. He has birded the world over but maintains his birding "beginner mind", of which he is inordinately proud. Just ask him. Jory is the 10,000 Birds Avian Quizmaster, coming up with ever more diabolical ways to stump his legion of devoted fans. He lives with his wife and the possessions of his children just outside of Albany NY.