Monday, January 20, 2014

...meanwhile, back in the garden...

 This is still MY garden!  

So, here we are in the midst of another wondrous winter of white. Brrr. I was too lazy and too warm to fight the elements and actually go outside into the breach and hunt down wild birds. Nope. It's cold. I don't like cold. I like warm. I would go so far as to say I like it hot. Some like it hot you know!

Anyway, it sure seemed quite a bit easier to stay warm and stare out the window at the happenings in the garden. As you may already know, we have a resident, possessed by Satan, Northern Mockingbird. The feeders in back are his and if he sees you attempt to eat at one, you WILL be short a few tail feathers. UNLESS you're a Red-bellied Woodpecker. That seems to be the only bird brave enough to fight back. You can't keep either of our pair of peckers away from the peanut feeder.

This is how a Red-bellied Woodpecker takes care of an obnoxious and overbearing Mockingbird!
Notice the look of determination in his eyes.

I'm out!
 Even the squirrels are afraid!
He's making a mockery of our garden...
Get it?
I got a million of 'em!

 Mine! Mine! IT'S ALL MINE!
At least until those crazy woodpeckers show up...

 House Sparrow.
Stylin and chillin.
Cool hairdo, huh?

 Who says House Sparrows are plain and boring?

 This Dark-eyed Junco is trying to go unnoticed...subtle.

 The Mourning Doves, being dim of wits, have lost the most tail feathers.
Hmmm...looks like Cooper's Hawk food to me...

 Another bird sporting a radical new hairdo.
Doodles counted eight Northern Cardinals at the feeders, front and back, this weekend.
She doesn't like this one.
She prefers conservative hair styles.

 Showing of the proper crest.
I've seen kids wearing their hair in the same fashion....
 One of the White-crowned Sparrows that hides under our large evergreens.
Who's got a cute lil butt?


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    1. Thanks Cole..."Cool" post... that's a pun, right?

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    1. (he liked it so much, he added the comment twice!)

  3. You have a great variety of birds around your place so why stay inside? I like the stories you tell to go along with the photos.

    1. Let's see...why stay inside? I'm allergic to the cold?

  4. Brilliant selection of snow laden birds, magnificent photography Dave.

    1. Bob, Bob, Bob...flattery will get you everywhere! Now, how much do I owe you?

  5. Really lovely post, superb commentary, Tfs


    1. Thanks Dave! Obviously a wonderful person because your name is Dave!
      (By the way...that's not me!)

  6. Well, I think this is my first visit here and it won't be the last - until I'm banned, anyhow. Great images of hungry critters! That Mocker sure seems familiar - maybe he migrated north this year?

    I really enjoyed your photographs, your birds and, yes, your commentary. Snow kidding.

    1. Mr. Wallace Jones...BANNED? Never! Especially with your puns...

  7. Wonderful photos! I had to wait for more than 30 minutes in -20 C for the train on Friday because one train was cancelled. On days like that I think the bears have the right idea.

    1. Isn't winter just a swell season? I feel your one hour drive to work has turned into two slippy slidey hours!