Sunday, May 15, 2011

Belligerent.

It's rainy and there has been a large fall-out of migrants, represented best in our neighbourhood by sparrows and warblers.  A very feisty Audubon's Warbler has adopted our Japanese maple as its own personal way-station, and guards it (and its suet cage) from all comers.

This was entertaining at first, as he chased off other Audubon's, a Wilson's Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler and a female American Goldfinch, but then he attacked a very handsome White-crowned Sparrow I was trying to photograph, and then, worse, he chased away the first ever Chipping Sparrow seen in our yard.

I only had time for one click, and the autofocus failed me, losing focus the split-second before Chippie high-tailed it away, pursued by You-know-who.

Knock it off.

4 comments:

Kim and Victoria said...

It is a cute bird though. :-)

Patricia Lichen said...

Ha! "Belligerent" is the perfect word for it--such attitude in those photos!

outwalkingthedog said...

Very funny. What a character. At least, he's good-looking. I know, I know, good looks don't excuse bad behavior in men, women or birds. But still...

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

What a badass!