Friday, March 1, 2013

Before you feed yourself




feed your guests. Or they'll follow you from the bedroom window



To the kitchen



To the den.



Without a proper breakfast, they'll spy on you.



And share some vicious gossip with the neighbors.


30 comments:

  1. Love. This. Post. The 3rd and 4th pictures of the birdy are especially wonderful! The bird my brother feeds has been singing at the kitchen window, wondering where his seeds are. Last time I was here, he ignored me and flew away every time I aimed the cam at him, so I'm doing the same back. Karma sucks.

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  2. No fair. I don't know that guy, and I've never had such an up close and personal bird experience. Now I've got the whole covet thing going, and I only half-know what I'm coveting.

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  3. Hey, I have a few who wait on my roof! They definitely know the sound of seed being poured, dang, the chirping that goes on...Now I know where 'bird on a wire' came from...

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  4. Oh, I just love that last one especially. Fluffy, almost cuddly.

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  5. Fabulous photos! Fuzzy wuzzy wasn't a bear, he wuz a sparrow. I hope you got some good chirps about what your neighbors are up to.

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  6. Those are amazing photos. You got a telephoto lens or something? My birds fly off as soon as I point a camera at them. I have a pair of jays that wait for me to wake up every morning. And a squirrel. It's so funny to be woken by the dog, then the cat, and find the rabbit waiting in the living room, then see this line-up of birds and squirrels outside. It's worth feeding the wildlife to have that kind of greeting, and much more rewarding than having teenagers in the house.

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  7. We have sparrows inside the building on this construction site I'm working on. Fitting, since the building's sections are named after animals - Fox Bear, Deer, Wolf.

    We had three cats in house too, but they were trapped and released. Some came back from as far away as three miles, so they were trapped again and taken to a shelter.

    I've begun to find some co-workers with animal characteristics; mostly dogs of various sizes and standing, the odd bear or bull moose.

    As for me, I'm variously a snake or mule, and ocassionally I get to be the big dog. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

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  8. Oh, great photos, Karin!
    Just beautiful seeing this bird among the green leaves.

    I feed the birds around my garden principally with papaya. They love it.

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  9. I had an up close and personal experience with a bat two nights ago. He flew in my open door, around the living room and the bedroom for about half an hour (okay, 15 minutes) while I crouched on the floor holding a newspaper on my head. Amazing the instinctive reactions we have. Peanut was totally mystified - didn't know if she should chase it or duck down with me.

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  10. Amazing the entertainment you get for just for a handful of seeds. Mockingbirds also have a timeshare here, and I expect they'll be moving in any day now.

    Bellis, that sounds like a Disney movie. Now all you need is Janet's bat.

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  11. So cute! We haven't seen many birds this winter. They must be smart of enough to fly south until spring.

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  12. Fantastic photos!! (You must have made friends with your Nikon??) The last two definitely capture the little guy's attitude :)

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  13. that could be that rare bird stopping development at HaHa

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  14. this must be your chunky camera? your getting that depth of field where everything blurs from behind

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  15. Looks like the tractor's proving his value. Beautiful images, all! I'll bet it was a warm, sunny Southern California day when you took those images.

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  16. Least Bell's Vireo:
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0134852b6bb0970c-600wi

    It could be.

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  17. Well, this bird was gong to keep her mouth shut, but I do have to suggest a different species, Petrea. I'd say KB has a great set of [bush]Tits.

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  18. Oh my!!! How could you resist??? Did you break down and give this little guy a few crumbs???

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  19. Purty bird. I'm very jealous. I had to give up feeding birds, the seed attracts straw itch mites who are deeply attracted to me. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Very sweet photos. I know you have a way with dogs, but a kinship with birds is even more impressive.

    On another note, I really want to know how Janet got that bat out of the house!

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  21. Don't feed them. I'd love to see more pix, they are just grand.

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  22. It is rather uncanny, but when the birdfeeders are full, this guy doesn't visit. But if they're empty, he starts tapping at my windows at daybreak.

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  23. I love the little smooshed faces on these guys. So expressive.

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