March 26, 2011

Birds update

3 in 1. Find Waldo.
I've advanced to bird feeders and it's great fun. This first image shows three things. The blurry, clear thing on my window is a feeder for cardinals. It has seed that they like in it. If you click the image, it will grow larger.

If you look through the clear feeder, you'll notice a male goose in the background. He's a ton of fun. We sometimes have up to 80 geese on the property, but that's only at the end-of-the-season party that they all come to. At this time of year, each pair gets its own pond and this is the male from our pond's couple. Yes, I've been feeding him. He noticed all the others getting fed, and wanted in. I am now at the point with him where he comes over to me when he sees me. He'll stand right by my side as I pour the feed out. He's huge and it's a little scary because he's on edge, what with it being breeding season. I love feeding him, though. I suspect he has a mind like a dinosaur; I think this each time we interact.

And you can also see the main feeder on the left. If you look closely you'll see a little guy, a vesper sparrow, hanging onto a perch at the bottom. I've seen up to 12 birds at once at that feeder. They come in groups of one species, it seems, spacing themselves out over the day so each species gets a chance to eat. Nature works things out so well. 

Vesper sparrow.
Here's a close-up of the little guy. As I say, I think it's a vesper sparrow. Ain't he cute?

Plus, the other little guy at the bottom stopped by the clear feeder. I think he's a tufted titmouse. It's going to be a great summer, watching all these guys. I sit by my window for hours lately and it's like a show. I've always had a soft spot for birds, ever since I was a kid. They're so decent and understandable, and they fulfill all their duties in life like soldiers. I admire them so much. And as far as parenting goes, they are much better than humans. Just saying.

With a magic mix of baseball, birds, books and blogging, I'm thinking this is going to be a hell of a good summer.

Tufted titmouse.


Artichoke Annie said...

"baseball, birds, books and blogging" sounds like the 'bees knees' to me.

writenow said...

I just looked up the origin of the bee's knees the other day. Short answer: nobody knows. But you're right: baseball, birds, books and blogging does sound like the bee's knees. Feels like it too!

cm said...

Great pictures

writenow said...

Thanks. K