Like Last Minute Shopping?

Today, while Jody and I were sitting at the kitchen table enjoying our Saturday morning lattes, there was a sudden feeding frenzy over, under, on and around the suet feeder in our back yard.

The Bushtits* were here, they were hungry and they were taking no prisoners.

Now Bushtits always come in large flocks but neither Jody nor I can remember seeing so many here at one time. And contrary to what I implied above, they are very timid and easily spooked. So my challenge was to get in position to take a picture quickly before they were gone and without scaring them away in the process (not an easy task).

So I grabbed the closest camera and took a few shots through our double-paned family room windows. The picture above shows just a fraction of the birds that were here (I can count 18). They were also in the trees, covering the bird bath and all over the deck.

All the crowding and flying around reminded me of the frantic shopping going on in the malls this weekend. I hope you already have your shopping done, or this is what you have to look forward to.

Cheers – DJD

*According to Dr. Roger Lederer a retired professor of Biological Sciences at CSU, Chico who has studied birds for over forty years, “There are a number of birds with “tit” in their name. In the U.S. we have the Oak, Juniper, and Tufted Titmouse (Titmice), the Bushtit, and the Wrentit. “Tit” comes from the Norse language, meaning “small”, as all these birds are.”

Rain for the week: 0.0 in. Year To Date: 59.5 in

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