They’re Ba-a-ack!

Now that I’m out of house arrest (with no time off for the good behaviour I exhibited), I’m able to pick up bird seed in an order-and-pay-by-phone-and-pick-up-curbside-with-no-contact mode. This year I decided to try a mix spiked with hot pepper juice or somesuch. Squirrels, being mammals, are bothered by spicy stuff; birds, being birds, are not.

What the birds are bothered by, though, is the colour of the seeds: They’re slow to recognize red food as good food. But they’re gradually getting the hang of it, especially the starlings, which travel in packs. Gangs? Somehow “flocks” doesn’t capture the effect or the affect as they noisily swarm the feeder and muscle out all the other visitors.

2-photo collage of starlings at the feeder

Pretty but pretty obnoxious birds.

But the more-welcome birds are also back. The juncos . . .


Peeling a seed: No hands!

The cardinals . . .

Norterhn cardinal feeding on groundAnd even a robin, keeping a careful eye on something off-screen that caught his attention.

2-photo collage of robin

What the heck is that over there?


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12 Responses to They’re Ba-a-ack!

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Amazing pictures, Isabel.

    I especially like the last one: the robin peering and saying, “What the heck is that over there?

    Happy Sunday! I’ve forgotten the date…March 57 I think.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Yes, they do seem to have some person-ality. Who knows what’s going on in there? Maybe plans for world domination.

  2. Jim Robertson says:

    Nice backyard birds (even the starlings I guess..) and entertainment

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – Thanks! I’m trying to persuade the starlings to go elsewhere by letting the feeder run dry for a day or two. They seem to move on faster than other birds.

  3. Tom Watson says:

    A further thought…why is it that birds are often the harbingers of good news, or just plain goodness?

    Is it because they’re carefree, unfettered? Just to watch them provides a lift.


    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Maybe we like them because of the whole flight thing. But I guess it depends where you are in the food chain whether a given species brings good news. A fish is never happy to spot an osprey overhead.

  4. Heather Taschuk says:

    I’m enjoying the picture of the cardinal the most! We don’t have them in Alberta, so they are a novelty. 🙂

  5. Barry says:

    I am happy that we are not in the far north as you appear to be

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barry – 🙂 We’ve had irritating wee flurries over several days. The snow doesn’t last but it does keep on coming.

  6. Carla says:

    We don’t get many cardinals, they are beautiful!! Great captures.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Carla – They’re a bird that doesn’t mind being noticed. They sit on the top of trees and the end of branches and sing out loud.

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