Monday, June 30, 2008

Titmouse and Glimpse of Red-bellied Baby

The titmouse fledglings are coming regularly to our feeders. This little guy seems a bit reluctant.

He looks around for his parents.
He chirps but no one comes. He's going to have to get to the feeder by himself.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is still being fed by his parents. He always seems to be positioned among the leaves, perhaps to make it more difficult to be seen. Here is a glimpse of the big baby.

While I always look forward to migrations and the varieties of birds I may see, I much prefer our "ordinary" birds. You can always count on them to bring hours of amusement. I especially love our year-round birds, who hang out and bring us joy even during the winter.


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I love my "ordinary" yard birds too. Seeing them every day gives me the chnce to watch them behave, watch them raise their babies and simply live their lives.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh your baby titmouse is adorable...and so is that baby red-bellied! WOW!

I love the ordinary birds too! But I love discovering a new one that I haven't seen before. I saw my first warbler last year...and just this weekend saw my first Indigo Bunting.

Jayne said...

It's so cute to see them chirping away as mom and dad try to show them the ropes.

Ruth said...

I have never seen a Titmouse...they are not common here and neither is the Red-bellied Woodpecker. But both are slowing extending their range northward. Your pictures keep getting better and better. It is a challenge to get good photos with all the leaves out.

KGMom said...

Titmice (is that the plural?) are among my favorite birds. We have quite a few--but I haven't seen babies. Too cute.
Remember--someone's ordinary bird is always someone else's extraordinary bird!

The Birdlady said...

Oh, great post! (OK, I'm taking a break, but afraid it's still at the computer!)

Shelley said...

Love that baby titmouse! I bet you can get him to eat out of your hand! (I have had one come to my hand once - still working on it.)

NCmountainwoman said...

Lynne - It is great to follow the growth and lives of the birds.

Kerri - I saw your Indigo Bunting. Great shot.

Jayne - Yes, some of them can really get fussy. (Just like the kids.)

Ruth - Thanks. I think I am becoming more comfortable with holding the new lens and not worrying so much about being absolutely steady. Not an experienced photographer, I tended to wait for a "perfect" shot and consequently missed many. Now I realize that I lose nothing by shooting away and deleting.

Donna - So true. Like everything in life, "ordinary" is relative.

Helen - You've gotta stop working so hard on this project. We'll be there when the Online store is ready for us. Thanks for dropping by.

Shelley - I should have given that a try. He was quite close to the deck.