Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Berry Busy Fussy Birds



"Whoa!" said the Cedar Waxwing to the Northern Flicker. 



"Hey! Can you not see this branch is occupied???!! And don't you know you are a woodpecker!??" 



"Sorry."



"Do not loose your feathers over it . . . I just did not see you for all the ripe berries luring me in. Yes! Of course I know I am a woodpecker, and if you were paying attention you would have noticed that I often perch rather than hold onto branches and trunks like some of my cousins. By the way,  I saw Ms. Pileated Woodpecker on this Viburnum bush just last week! I am most often seen on the ground stirring up leaves and so forth using my somewhat curved bill to dig for ants and beetles, but I do so enjoy supplementing my diet with berries too!" 


 "Well, be that way . . . flying off in the middle of a conversation."



"All the more berries for me!"





"What are you looking at?? Do not tell me you too think I look odd perching this way?"

Admittedly I did think the Northern Flicker looked at bit out of its element, when coming in for a landing so near the outraged Cedar Waxwing. It was more humorous than anything except clearly NOT to the Cedar Waxwing. Both are beautiful birds even when they are fussy!
 It was really odd to see a Pileated Woodpecker flying into the Viburnum weeks past now and seeing its large beak picking these small black berries. 
The berries are long gone now and the lovely ridged leaves are a deep burgundy color adding to the brilliant fall colors on the hills and in the garden. I do not recall the name of this Viburnum but believe it to be a native species. 
I hope you might visit 'Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens' to see my new post on native asters. It is a great site and I am honored to be one of the team that shares the importance of native plants and gardening for wildlife. There are many great posts on the site so look around, if you can spare the time and check back often, for a new article is posted daily. 

A great OP-ED for Occupy Wallstreet


20 comments:

Donna said...

I do so love your bird posts Carol. I also caught the Aster post on Native Plants blog...Most berries are gone in my garden at this point.

Rohrerbot said...

Fun narrative. Great pics. Your pics are always a lot of fun. I have yet to get the shots down to perfection on birds in midflight. Tricky especially when the camera is a better at the manual setting:)Your post is getting me excited for our road trip tomorrow to cooler weather!!

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos. Have a wonderful eve.

sandy said...

So much grace! I am glad you posted this. For the past couple of weeks, I have been seeing a Flicker in the wild cherry trees with the blue birds everyday. In the past, I have easily photographed the bluebirds, but this year, have only gotten a couple of blue blurs!

These are great photos.

Anonymous said...

Just caught up with all the beautiful photos and inspiring writing. Your endurance touches my soul - love you - sb

JWLW said...

HI Carol: So your birds talk to each other like mine do. Do they talk to you like mine do ?

I talk to the birds all the time, some seem to listen and others just fly away.

Have a great evening,
John

Andrea said...

The birds are so beautiful, and the woodpecker looks big too, unlike those i see here. I also love their conversations, and their photos look like they really are talking to each other. I am very glad you know how to interpret their language. Living for long in that natural "Flower Hill Farm" made you learn 'birdtalk'. I wonder what other dialects you acquired in your area! Regards Carol. Have a lovely day!

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

I'm always envious of the photos you get of your birds. I love N. Flicker's because their tail feathers are so orange. One left me a gift of one once.

Cathy and Steve said...

Carol, your bird pix area always outstanding but I have to say, these are among my favorites! (And not just because of the captions, which are also delightful!) You truly have a gift for photoing nature!

Gillian Olson said...

I love this series, the birds really do appear to be having a "discussion". Beatiful birds, great photos.

Randy Emmitt said...

Carol,

Wow these are certainly some of your best work! Wow. Thanks for the article, I have been reading daily at commondreams. And have signed up for OccupyDurham.

Michelle said...

I just read your article on native asters and this being the first year that I raised monarchs (with help from the folks on the Monarch Watch e-mail list) I was happy to see all the asters in the same area as the milkweed. I haven't seen a monarch here near Buffalo NY in a couple of weeks....Michelle

Loret said...

Great series, Carol! You translate bird talk soooo well!

Sarah Laurence said...

You take the most amazing bird photos. I call myself lucky when I spot an interesting bird, like yesterday's pileated woodpecker in my yard, but I never have my camera at the ready. Not only do you capture them, you also do it artfully with informative commentary. It's a delight visiting your farm.

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

Two birds that I love very much indeed! They're both such beauties.

Tammie Lee said...

so fun to catch this interaction.
the colors in your photo are magic to me, beautiful captures!
lovely weekend to you~

Patty said...

You always have such wonderful bird photos! Seeing that Flicker on the viburnum, he did seem a little out of his element for me. I see them in the tops of trees or poking their beaks into the ground digging for bugs.

sweetbay said...

Love the pictures of the two birds looking at each other. The Cedar Waxwing does look very miffed. lol

Anonymous said...

Carol, I can only imagine how much you enjoyed writing this post. You more than likely laughed the whole way through, and I'm sure, like myself, most of your readers smiled and/or laughed as they read your captions. Very funny.....and so much like humans, don't you think? We could all learn a lesson about our behavior by observing creatures of nature. Mimi

Stacy said...

That "apology" shot is priceless, Carol! :) For some reason it's so endearing when things don't go quite according to plan in the bird world.

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