What’s for lunch?


Here I come mom wm

Somehow I managed to focus and noticed the arrival of a goldfinch…as it turned out the bird on the branch was…the mother and the incoming bird was one of it’s “babies”. 

Soon two more “babies” arrived and one exhibited wing flapping behavior…usually this is a little one begging mom for food.

Flapping for attention wm

Sure enough…mom produced a tasty morsel and popped it into the little mouth.

Use this wm We're all paying attention wm_edited-2

One of the other babies jumped in and asked mom to open wide, hoping for a nibble.

Use this Any more food in there? wm

There’s always someone who isn’t willing to patiently wait, to say the least. I think sitting on mom’s tail feathers is a really pushy move.

Sitting on mom's tail learning how to use a bird feeder wm

So there you have it…a mom teaching her babies where food can be found, while at the same time, continuing to feed them until they can do it for themselves.

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “What’s for lunch?

  1. What a great series of pictures! So funny that they’re sitting right next to a feeder full of food but haven’t realized they can get it themselves yet.

      1. About 3 hours after I read your post, I heard loud chirping at our feeder that hangs on the porch. It’s a platform feeder. It was filled with finch and the mother was feeding a chirping, flapping youngster, just as you had described and photographed!!! I’m like “I JUST saw this on a blog!!!”

        Our silly birds were STANDING in the birdseed but still wanted Mama to feed them. Too funny!

    1. I was so excited that I had managed to have these in focus, lol! I’ve never seen a bird do the ‘wing’ thing before. Crazy!

    1. Thank you! I wasn’t sure what I was seeing at first, I wonder if birds get tired taking care of their demanding babies?

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