I had several furry and feathered friends visit me in our back garden yesterday, and as I always have my camera close at hand, I took several photos to remember the occasion. Depending on where the sun was at the time - I was shooting through a mesh screen - some came out a little bit fuzzier than usual.
This Mourning Dove and two House Finches left their calling card first.
Then came along the Black-capped Chickadee, feeling in a bit of a fog.
This male House Finch liked all the dropped birdseed on the deck. My birdfeeder was getting a bit too crowded for him.
I never know how you can tell the difference between a female and a male Blue Jay. Sorry sir/madam but you make it awfully difficult. You're both as bossy as each other for a start.
I read that Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems, with tight family bonds. Did you know that their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period? Why thank you Mr. and Mrs. Blue Jay! Where would we be without you, and your other feathered friends for that matter?
I think Dad got a bit fed up and tried to show his wee bairn that it was time for him to fend for himself. There was a burst of action and he took off into the trees, with wee one high-tailing it after him, forever hopeful that Dad would give him some food. Dad was trying to teach his offspring that it was time to fend for himself. A hard lesson to learn but a necessary one for his own survival.
There are others in need of a drop to drink and if you hang around for too long there will be none left. Your reputation at the bird feeder is getting around you know.
Oh my, be still my beating heart! This is the first time I have seen a chipmunk on my deck this year. You might have guessed I am a big fan of them too.
He - she? - filled up his/her cheeks to take home to his/her babies, maybe.
While surfing I found this great ornithological site.
If you click here the link will take you right to it.
There is a wealth of information about birds.
Camera Critters is a wonderful meme created by Misty Dawn. Thank you Misty!