Feed the Black – Feed the Red

Feed The Black – Feed The Red

"tuppence a bag…"

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  1. Ann says:

    From Mary Poppins: Feed the birds, tuppence a bag, tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag……

    I always enjoy that movie, and would really like to have a carpet bag like hers!

  2. Megan says:

    LOL, I love it. Is that a Downy Woodpecker there on the left? I have a soft spot for them.

  3. Sandy says:

    Oh goodie, I have been waiting for a bird picture! I saw a red tailed hawk yesterday right over the house (canyon behind us) and the baby – so beautiful! Never have I seen such a huge hawk and the sound was just like that loud cry you hear in movies, awesome.

  4. Father, your bird feed donate button links to the blogger’s choice awards.

  5. Gloria says:

    That does look like a downy woodpecker. The other fellow is a rose-breasted Grosbeak, I think. I get the evening grosbeaks or black-headed grosbeaks here in the lower Sierra foothills. My acorn woodpeckers were frantic yesterday. The Village had tree trimmers come and take down some trees they considered too close to homes or leaning towards homes. One was behind my neighbor’s house, which was totally visible from my chair in the living room. I watched for two weeks through binoculars while the little guy reamed a hole in the tree for a nest. The tree was half down, just above the hole, when I spotted it. I asked the tree trimmers why they didn’t spare that tree with a nest. They had orders. I don’t know if the pair had eggs yet. I hope not. But when the tree was gone they flew back and forth from one tree to the next for over an hour. I hope they can build again. I complained to one of the Homeowner Directors. He wasn’t happy either. The trimmers said they move nests when they find them. Well, you can’t move a nest drilled into a tree! They seemed totally unaware of that situation. I have another question. Why couldn’t they have waited until after nesting and fledging season? Sorry for the rambling. I had to vent.

  6. meg says:

    My 11 year old resident bird expert says this is a Hairy, not a Downy, woodpecker. They are almost identical except the Hairy is larger. In relation to the Grosbeak, a largish bird, it does appear to be a Hairy.

    What he can’t tell me is why a Carolina Wren sings very loudly in our yard starting at 5:30am, every day, through lunchtime. We love fresh air so our windows are open and we end up with pillows over our ears!

    What does he want? Doesn’t he have anything better to do?!

    I told my son he is henceforth known as a Carolina Rooster.

  7. A Random Friar says:


    From the Cornell site: “One captive male Carolina Wren sang nearly 3,000 times in a single day.”

    And National Geographic adds: “Carolina wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) are small but very vocal animals. Males are especially outgoing and are the only ones to produce songs. They employ one of the loudest songs per volume of birds. They are apt to sing anytime and anyplace they happen to be.”

    So, if you sang 3,000 times in a single day, you’d need to start at 5:30 AM as well! :)

  8. meg says:

    A Random Friar: Thanks! My son loved your post as well.

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