THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

5 January 2014

ANGRY BIRDS


Competition is fierce at the feeding station and tempers are running high with the Sparrows and Chaffinches as main aggressors....







Who is this making a brief appearance? Mrs Woodpecker left them to it after a few seconds - she couldn't take the heat:
















Until next time, here they are in a brief calm spell but it soon hotted up again. 



52 comments:

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    1. It was quite dark or there might have been a little less blurring!

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  2. Angry Birds and very Hungry Birds Em.{:))

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    1. They really are. Porridge is being provided twice a day at the moment. Thank goodness oats are cheap.

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  3. My word what a fight, can you tell some of your birds to come my way, as I have hardly seen any. My feeders are full and I bought some more, I think the garden is just too windy for them at the moment.

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    1. I think you're right. It always amazes me they can fly at all in winds like this.

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  4. That is one incredible 'bitch slap' in shot three!
    Jane x

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    1. Isn't it? They're ruthless in the face of a sunflower seed.

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  5. Is it your birds (sparrows) or the type of feeder? I was amazed yesterday to watch the peaceful coexistence of Gold Finches here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/margarethebrummermann/11781475723/

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    1. What a fabulous feeder! I think there would be a lot less fighting but there are at least 50 in the flock so I would need a whole fence of them. They wait in lines in the surrounding trees waiting for a dive into the fray. There are peanuts and porridge too and I scatter seeds on top of the wall. I'll look out for something similar to yours - thank you.

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  6. great shots, lots happening at the feeder. As I type I have a Red Cardinal looking at me through the window.

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    1. Red Cardinals are beautiful aren't they? You lucky thing having them to look at.

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  7. Hi Em. ell that all looked a bit heated. hope they calm down.

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  8. Love the title, and love Roy's comment too.

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    1. I required a nine year old's input to understand the significance of Roy's comment. Sad. Does 'sad' still actually mean sad or has it some other teen-meaning?

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  9. We've been having the same thing, "Can't we all just get along?" :-)

    PS: ·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ Happy New Year!! I've missed your last few posts, and I hope you're doing well, and your year is off to a good start!!

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    1. You too Kim! When it comes to food, it's everyone for themselves I'm afraid!

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  10. Aren't they brilliant? Your bird pics are always so good.

    Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year Em x

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    1. We did - thanks CT - are your children back at school yet? OB not back till tomorrow......hmmm.

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  11. Amazing photos - I can just imagine the racket they were making. You must have very good seeds in that feeder!

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  12. I like the second from the bottom. :)

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  13. There is little fellowship among the birds at our feeders, either; I call all of them flying pigs. I do have the fattest mourning doves and squirrels in the county. They are the clean up crew that come through like quiet vacuum cleaners below. Don't bother each other, just get on with it.

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    1. We don't get squirrels in the garden at all. I know there are a pair living nearby, but they never venture in. I wonder why not? Two doggy assassins might play a part I suppose!

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  14. Happy new year, Em! But it looks as if all is not happy in your (bird-inhabited) neck of the woods. Our Sparrows are very restrained here. It's only the Great tits and the Robin who go in for spats!

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    1. Really? It's the other way round here obviously! The Great Tits and Robins are pretty good with each other but the Robins fight amongst themselves. I find it unbelievably annoying that Google doesn't accept 'amongst' as a word!

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  15. Crikey, they are fighting it out. I don't get Sparrows on my feeders, so no Sparrow-battles here. It is lovely to see so many where you are.

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    1. At least 50 in the flock....probably more, but that's what I see at any one time. We're very lucky.

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  16. Amazed the birds didn't all fly off when the woodpecker arrived, they certainly do here. But then it's rare to see a sparrow here. They have a more determined look about them!

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    1. I was too. They just glared at her and she hopped up the vertical post to the porridge on the top. The power of the crowd.

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  17. It always intrigues me why they do this Em, when there is more than enough food to go round.

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    1. There are an awful lot of them at it out there so I guess there instinct is always to fill up as quickly as they can if it's available!

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  18. Great action shots :) I love watching the "pecking order" on the bird feeders :)

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    1. I could watch them all day and, if I did, I'm sure I'd see a lot more interesting stuff than I actually do!

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  19. They are having quite a fight! Great pictures.
    Sarah x

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    1. Seeds are like crude oil in Sparrow world obviously. x

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  20. A great deal of high emotions visible amongst those birds. I'm always amazed that creatures who look so fragile can display such fierce aggressions.

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    1. It's amazing none of them seemed to get injured either, with all the claws on backs!

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  21. I would like to feed the birds but where I live it brings on the critters along with the pack rats that I am trying to keep at bay.
    I do toss a few veggie once and awhile in winter and I have water for them in the summer but I can't (and the State Wildlife Department) doesn't want you to feed them and have them being dependent.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. What a shame. I don't like the sound of those rats and I guess, like ours, they can scale a vertical surface. Our agencies encourage the feeding of birds, so we're fine to do it, and get so much pleasure from watching them.

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  22. Great series Em.
    Looks a bit like the goings on at our table when we order pizza !

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    1. What a delightful image! It's Chinese takeaway in our house. A RARE treat.

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  23. Happy New Year Em!! Sorry I been so absent on here recently! Loved this post! Great to see the interactions of the sparrows - a little insight into their lives :) Wishing you all the best for 2014!

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    1. You too Lou - I'm struggling to post and left the memory card out of my camera today so have nothing to show for my walk!

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  24. That's the proper kind of Angry Birds, much better to look at than a silly game :-)

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    1. Even OB can't be bothered with the game!

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  25. Angry birds for sure! That's the main reason I put feeders back and front. Too many confrontations.

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  26. Love them all ! you have Spring like weather while we have tons of Snow, Em. xx

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  27. I know - you poor things, but I guess your'e used to it and have all the right kit???

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