When I am not writing, reading, blogging, reviewing and editing books I am bird watching. One day I am going to write a story about the birds I watch outside my kitchen slider. They are too cute, comical and entertaining not to share. Recently I snapped these photos of bluebirds fighting over meal worms in their feeder. The bluebirds have to share their feeder with sparrows. Unfortunately for the bluebirds there appeared to be many more sparrows that frequent our feeders.
When you see the photos below you will notice how beautiful these bluebirds are. They have brilliant shades of blue, males being darker and females a lighter blue on their wings and a tan color on their breasts. But both are lovely to see.
Below are all the bluebirds I captured. In the photo below there are three bluebirds in the feeder. That is a record. I watched them anxiously as they maneuvered their way around each other, ate their fill and easily escaped. In this feeder there is a only one entrance/exit. I guess they were all too hungry to wait their turn. It’s funny to see how some are patient while others are not when it comes to their turn at the feeder.
It is quite funny to see how they interact when it comes to these tasty dried meal worms. Some of the birds are fearless and go right inside the little hole, eat and fly out again without a care. While there are others who are fearful and spend a long time deciding whether they will go in at all. They stick their heads in and out, in and out a few times to check out the worms but don’t go in. They will fly away and come back and try again after watching their fellow birds do it so easily. I have had quite a few chuckles over their antics and can understand their feelings about closed places being claustrophobic myself. Ha!
We did have one bird who got stuck in there because he forgot how to get out. My husband had to go out and lift the cover off so it could fly out. I was a little frightened for the poor bird. I’m sure its little heart was beating overtime. I know my larger one was for it.
We have several types of bird feeders for the flocks of birds that visit our yard. But each one is usually full of birds eating, waiting and fighting for a place to perch. My husband feeds the birds all year round. But the winter is really when they need our help. It’s a joy to watch them, though I don’t do anything but watch. My husband does all the work, shops for the food, refills and cleans out the feeders. He works tirelessly to assist them. I call him St. John, the bird man of Londonderry (like St. Frances of Assisi)!
Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Come back again soon! You are always welcome. I hope you enjoyed my blog about the many birds that inhabit our yard.
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