Baltimore Oriole…Just look at that color!

I’m thinking that the Orioles with the jet black heads are more mature males and that the two in the middle are enjoying their first spring. I may have that wrong, so feel free to let me know.Baltimore Oriole wm

You’ll see a few more images of these beauties in time…they’ve stayed in the neighborhood!

 

1st spring Baltimore Orioles wm

If you’re wondering what they’re eating, it’s orange slices! They love them.

Male Baltimore Oriole wm

The shadow on my shoulder and is this what they call writer’s block?

This is a tufted titmouse, one of my favorite birds. They have the sweetest song and seem less aggressive toward each other than some other winged wonders. I like this image, but I LOVE the cropped version of it…every little feather shows.DSC_7472 In the shadow 2 wm

 

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Unfortunately, the right side of it’s face has a shadow sitting on it, but I can’t resist those cute little eyelashes and the feathers on it’s head!

I’m supposed to be working on my book, and I am, but I have attention issues.

I should be typing on my mac, but I’m writing on a legal pad with a pencil.

This chair’s not comfy enough, I should be sitting at a desk.

I should have a snack, why don’t I have a snack?

Well now I’m writing on my mac, but I’m sharing on my blog.

I’m wearing glasses, but I should be wearing my other pair of glasses.

Where did the birds go? They were here a minute ago.

You see the problem.

 

 

The List of Five.

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I was snapping away at birds that came to the feeder when this crow used a branch to saunter past the lens. When you’re zoomed in really tight, the background can become dark and this made it look like the deepest darkest night had fallen.

I’ve learned a few things about crows.

1.  A certain amount of the year, most of it actually, they live together in pairs or small groups.

2. They mate for life. (I think I’ve heard a few domestic disputes up in the treetops.)

3. They’re extremely smart. Some crows in California have been observed using cars for tools. They seem to know that putting walnuts down in the road during a red light is safe. They fly back and wait at a distance for the light to turn green and then watch and wait for a car to crack the nut for them. When they light is red and if the nut doesn’t have a car parked on it, they return and scoop up the exposed insides.

4. Crows hold a grudge. A study was done many years ago to see if crows remember faces. Wearing caveman masks, some individuals caught and banded some crows. When the crows were released, they scolded their captors with loud and threatening cries of outrage. Crows who had witnessed the whole event, swooped down to harass the evil humans. 

  A second group of humans wore different masks and moved about in the area during the whole capturing and banding process. The crows ignored this non-threatening group.

 Crows were captured, banded and released only a view times, but for FIVE years after the event caveman mask wearing individuals were being attacked. Some of the crows doing the attacking weren’t even alive at the time of the original event!

5. Crows don’t just say “caw-caw.” They make clicking sounds and even clear bell like sounds. A week ago I heard the most unusual sounds and went investigating. There was one particular crow in a group of three,’ talking’, using all manner of sounds. Sometimes there would be long musical performances and at other times it sounded like a human baby! This went on for at least thirty minutes. 

So the next time you see a crow, remember what an amazing creature it is and that it’s more than just a villain in a scary movie. (For those of you who have never seen Alfred HitchCock’s movie, “The Birds”, let’s just say you’ve been warned.)

 

A List of 500 Hummingbird attributes…well maybe not that many.

CURIOSITY!

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AGILITY!


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ADORABILITY! (Is that a word?)

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ADORABILITY 2.0

Little hopper wm (39 of 1)

I am in awe of these little jewels of the sky.

 

Add them to your list.

Doves…not always the first bird to come to mind when naming gorgeous birds. They  are, however, exquisite. Yes, they waddle, but when they fly they are the epitome of streamlined aircraft. Just look at the beauty of the wings, so many colors, highlights and shadows. 

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The male dove is also a romantic,a poet, irresistible as far as the ladies are concerned.

I adore you wm

If only they didn’t monopolize the bird feeder.