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Melantrys’ Page » Blog Archive » Birdies!

Birdies!


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Each winter when there is frost or snow we use the plum tree as a feeding place for the local birds.
“Local birds” being every two-legged, feathered creature in the vicinity, apparently.
It really wouldn’t surprise me (much) if I were to look out and see an ostrich among the assembly.
Even the crows find something acceptable to eat in the form of the fat & seed balls meant for tits1 which they simply drag up to the branch they’re sitting on, clever buggers…

The pigeons are too big and unwieldy to partake of the feed suspended from the tree and too brainless to do as the crows, but luckily the smaller birds are messy eaters, so they don’t have to go hungry either.

fluffed up pigeons
fluffed up pigeons

The deep snow sure made for some funny impressions:

'duck' on a pond
‘duck’ on a pond

Here’s one of the messy eaters:

feeding bird
feeding bird

And if you’d all take a look at the original photo, I have a riddle for you.
Apart from that yellow birdie at the feeding station there is one other bird in the photo. Can you spot it?

feeding bird - riddle
Spot bird number two.

Eyes smarting already? Ok, let’s get on with the photos.
Here’s some sorting through the seed mess on the floor.
Note the duck impression the one in the back is giving. ;)

bird assembly
bird assembly

These two don’t have much going for interspecies relations, stolidly staring off in opposite directions.

not talking
Pigeon and magpie: not talking

Two more birdies feeding:

lookout
lookout

And for those who need it - the solution to the riddle above:

feeding bird - solution
spot the bird - solution

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  1. The songbirds of that name, Caesar, the songbirds… :P [back]

25 Responses to “Birdies!”

  1. pandora Says:

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    The songbirds of that name, Caesar, the songbirds
    hahaha! cynic.

  2. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    hahaha! cynic.

    No. Realist. He’s a guy! :lol:

    And, no, I didn’t spot the bird. :blank:

  3. David Says:

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    I think I can see the second bird in your solution pic, but just barely. That little bugger was very well camouflaged! The magpie is a cute bird. :)

  4. Melantrys Says:

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    You guys all do know that you’ll get a larger pic when you click on the small ones in the text…?

    @ Pan & Lynnette: Yup, realist.

    @ David, the magpie lover: The magpie also seems to be the more…. hm…. domineering cousin within the crow family.
    I’ve never seen one become aggressive, but it’s peculiar that when a regular crow joins the other birds at the feeding spot, they take no notice. When a magpie does, they take off.

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