Bird Brains

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOver this past little while there have been two Starlings hanging around the feeders.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the best of days a Starling is a rather odd looking beastie – a comical mix of a woodcock and a porcupine in my mind. Their long yellow beaks a bit freakish next to their dark black, blue and purple feathers … which today stick out like sticks in a bird’s nest. šŸ˜‰
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s lunch time entertainment was the comical antics between the Starlings and the Blue Jays. One Jay was working especially hard to knock loose chunks of suet. The Starlings caught on and took up their posts directly below the suet block. They’d swivel their enormous beaks up to peer at the Jay way above them.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Jay meantime was becoming frustrated. Every time he’d knock loose a great hunk of good eating … vamoose! It would disappear down the throat of a Starling.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe would race down off the feeder only to find this cheeky little Starling looking well fed and contentĀ and no sign of any of the suet chunks anywhere about.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow really … look at this Starling’s ‘coat’ today! He looks like he got out of bed too late to bother straightening up … and he’s puffed himself up against the cold until he looks like a little ball of spiky fluff – with a dangerously pointed sharp beak!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever, Mr. Bird’s Nest of a hairdo Starling is looking much better fed that the hard working svelte charmer of a Blue Jay!

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4 Responses to Bird Brains

  1. thecrazysheeplady says:

    Aren’t they funny to watch :-).

  2. Pat says:

    Such interesting behavior.

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