Wilson Post Blogs
Our Feathered Friends - June 6
One of his home birds, a Robin caught a hugh grasshopper and the hopper decided that he was not going to lay down and give up. He struggled and fought back several minutes then Anthony said that the Robin got fed up and flew to the birdbath where he kept dunking the grasshopper in the water untill it ceased to struggle. That was one smart bird.
Anthony also told me that he had never paid any attention to the way birds drink. They get water in their beak and hold their head back so the water will run down into their stomach. He said that it looked like the birds are giving thanks to God for the cool drink of water.
I sat outside in the backyard this afternoon to take advantage of the cooler temperatures before the heat returns with a vengance. While I was snake proofing my bird house where the Tree Swallows live, they kept going in and out even while I was standing there. The female seems to trust me more than the male, but he only contributes half as much as the lady bird does. With a comfortable chair underneath me, I watched as the female made a trip averaging two minutes before she brought food back to the babies. She flew to within a foot of my head to grab a mosquito before it could take a bite of me. When winter migration starts, I am going to miss them so much.
There is a special peanut feeder out behind the house where my small birds hang out. Other seed will be scattered on the ground for my ground scratchers, such as some of the cheap mixed seeds, which are not wasted. Mourning Doves along with some different "true" Sparrows feed there or underneath my Black-oil Sunflower seed feeder. After a few days, it seems like a vacuum cleaner has sucked up every single morsel of food. Most people will not feed during the hot months, but to me it is worth the price to have special birds showing up to teach their young how to fend for themselves.
One of my favorite birds coming to dinner is the Downy Woodpecker along with a hugh family of Carolina Chickadees. The male juvenile Downy is just now getting his red feathers on the top of his head. My little female sits on the feeder and watches me as she eats. Her head feathers look like she has applied some kind of a bird mousse.