Saturday, May 28, 2011

Everybody's Up For Eating Outdoors

Bernie isn't a fan of Magpies; he dislikes the bird because it chases all the other birds away from our yard.
But they are just sooo classy looking in a crisp blue,white and black feather attire I just can't help admire them despite their poor "plays well with others" skill sets.

Plus I think they are so funny when they peck away at the suet feeder while hanging upside down.

Hungry much?

A female Lazuli Bunting staked out a branch while watching and waiting for Mr. Magpie to leave the feeder.

This little mystery bird hunkered down to wait his turn down in the grape vines.

The Western Scrub Jay waited until the Magpie left to swoop in for another peanut.

A House Sparrow (commonly called an English Sparrow) was feeding on a feeder tucked away in another corner of the yard, where Mr. Magpie wasn't monitoring.

When the blue/black/white Magpie left, the orange/black/white Black Headed Grosbeak came to the seed feeder.

The Grosbeak was very watchful as he went to eat.
I could of sworn that bird was standing on his tiptoes sometimes as he looked around before putting his bill to the food trough.

As soon as the big blue/black/white bird left the suet feeder, the little red/black/white Downy Woodpecker got on and had a real feast.

Mr. Woodpecker doesn't miss many meals anyway; I have discovered that he is probably the most frequent diner at our feeders.
He also doesn't care if I or the cats are nearby. 
I like that attitude in a bird...

Hope the weather is just right for some outdoor meals for you and yours this weekend.

And in the words Woody Woodpecker, the most famous woodpecker of all time:

DAdah dah da dah...DA dah dah da Dah...Da da da da da da dahhhh...
That's all folks!


Vicki said...

I don't believe I've ever seen a magpie, although I have heard of them. They look elegant. Too bad they are a bit mean...a bit like a mockingbird in that aspect? We have a cardinal vs mockingbird battle going on daily here.

I love your frequent dinner guests - bird-watching is wonderfully relaxing!

I hope you and Mr B have an awesome weekend!

Vee said...

You're getting a lot of variety at the feeder even with the magpie hanging around. Amazing captures and I just love the bokeh effect.

Lovella ♥ said...

Your bird photos are just so crisp clear and colorful. You must have a very steady hand. .or something steady to support your hand.
I can almost imagine you ..bird book on one side.. and the camera on the other.
I'm not sure if this is a relatively new hobby but it suits you well.

ellen b. said...

you are attracting some beauties with your feeders. I finally filled mine yesterday. I'll have to buy some suet, too. Have a wonderful Sunday! Hope the weather is improving...

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I agree that those magpies are extremely elegant looking. Too bad they are such bullies.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I'm loving your birds...and that they all come with names! (I'm not always so good at identifying the birds.) Your magpies look most distinguished!