Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cute bird picks pretty flowers!

That flash of pink beneath the perched chickadee? It's a salmonberry flower.

This bird repeatedly plucked single blossoms from a salmonberry bush and carried them to a tree to dine. The flowers contain nectar, and often small insects, would-be pollinators that become mired. I'm not sure what exactly the chickadee was eating.

And it wasn't saying.

4 comments:

JoLynne Lyon said...

I love the mix of black, white and color.

Karen said...

That last photo is one for the RPL calendar! I haven't seen birds do this but read about the phenomenon just recently. Fewer salmonberries, but happier chickadees. Seems like a decent trade-off. Now, if it was a squirrel doing the same thing...

Hugh said...

JoLynne, I found that striking too. I took the first picture for that reason, before I saw what the bird was doing.

Karen, I've seem finches do it before with cherry blossoms--they snip off the bottom and drink the nectar as if from a funnel--but I couldn't (brief search) find a reference to chickadees doing it.

kompoStella said...

the first photo is magical - there's a sense of traditional japanese ink drawings to it.