Carline Twitches

 Carline Twitches

 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.

 

  

Yellow-Crowned Sparrow

Yellow-Crowned Sparrow

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.

 

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

The birds quickly got used to her presence, and once they decided she wasn’t a threat, they carried on with their visitations.

 

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

The Hummingbird was fascinated by her Turkey Red dress, but flitted past too quickly for a decent shot.

 

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

 The Fox Sparrow was almost too plump to squeeze through the wires.

 

Junco

Junco

The Junco was a bit dubious, but took heart from the fact that all the other birds were unscathed by the interloper.

 

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

The only bird that caused Carline mild anxiety was the woodpecker, but he was only interested in the suet.

 

 

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

The darling Chickadee tickled Carline’s ear with his tail.

 

 

Bush Tits

Bush Tits

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

Min loves to hear about Bush Tits

Min loves to hear about Bush Tits

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.

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10 thoughts on “Carline Twitches

  1. This is a fabulous natural drama. Carline has great bravery with these avian feeders who are nearly as big as she! Very nice photography and video! It brings Spring a bit closer to watch the activity in the winter cage.

  2. what an inventive and clever series of photos!! Carline is such a darling. I love her warm coat. Great color and style. Did you know that Jan 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation day?? Perhaps a celebration is in order? I know that Hetty Hickory is planning a bash for Lil Squirrel.

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