Carline recently helped to replace the suet block in the winter cage, which has gaps small enough to deter squirrels and starlings, but big enough to allow passerines to pass in and out. We did not realise that she was a birder, but she insisted on sitting down in a corner of the cage for much of the day, while coincidentally, the Hitty’s favourite photographer practised with his new camera and 40 year-old lens.
Carline obligingly posed and observed the comings and goings… and though bird-watchers are sometimes called twitchers, she didn’t even twitch a single peg.
The birds quickly got used to her presence, and once they decided she wasn’t a threat, they carried on with their visitations.
The Hummingbird was fascinated by her Turkey Red dress, but flitted past too quickly for a decent shot.
The Fox Sparrow was almost too plump to squeeze through the wires.
The Junco was a bit dubious, but took heart from the fact that all the other birds were unscathed by the interloper.
The only bird that caused Carline mild anxiety was the woodpecker, but he was only interested in the suet.
The darling Chickadee tickled Carline’s ear with his tail.
The Bush Tits were totally oblivious of Carline. They were so cute that she really hoped one of them would sit in her lap for a moment
After her outdoor adventure, Carline was happy when Min (who is named for the Bush Tit –Psaltriparous minimus) did sit on her lap – telling birdy stories to a cuddly little girl is a great way to end an outdoor adventure.
Watch the video below to see how quietly Carline sat while the busy birds flitted in and out.