25 July 2006

Mum.... !!

After a(nother) torrential monsoon and lightning show this afternoon the birds were catching up on missed feeding opportunities under th dripping branches. We were briefly visited by a gorgeous Baltimore Oriole but were amused by a parent BCChickadee who had collected a large seed and was busily hammering away to break into it with junior bouncing up and down flapping its wings on the branch beside and "demanding with menaces". Clearly the parent was getting frustrated - as soon as the kernel of the seed was free he/she rammed it onto the youngster's beak who was left looking puzzled and agitated and wondering what to do next with its beak firmly wedged shut. No doubt it was an accident but you can wonder? Certainly it quieted the little varmint down for a moment.

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