Thursday, February 24, 2011

Alternate dining arrangements.

Here's something not often seen at the sunflower seed hopper...

the Bushtit gang!  Normally these tiny birds would be hanging from the suet cage, but today several tried to figure out a venue more typically visited by House Finches and Chickadees. 

 Roundness.

They couldn't manage the hard-shelled seeds, and a few hopped around on the picnic table, looking for other scraps.  Why this odd, un-Bustitlike behaviour?

Because this big-billed character was hogging the suet.  Eventually she ate her fill and flew away.

And the bushtits wasted no time getting down to chowing down.

6 comments:

JoLynne Lyon said...

Fun photos! What kind of bird is the big-billed character?

Hugh said...

Hi JoLynne, It's a Northern Flicker, a member of the woodpecker family.

Dave said...

Love those bushtits - we had a flock on our suet feeder yesterday. Amazing how many can fit onto one block of suet!

KaHolly said...

I've never seen a bushtit before. I was quite fascinated with your photos. ~karen

biobabbler said...

Wow, that was like a joke/story via photographs. Great ending. =) I love bushtits. They're SO tiny and social. =)

Eskarina said...

They are so very cute!
If memory serves you once described them as flying as if they were being pulled along on a string.
Very apt.