The Feeder Feed: oddities

There is a lot of activity at the feeders right now, but only sparse fare, I’m afraid.

But some interesting sights have come around.

This wren is declaring its mastery of this little house.

Thrashers have particularly beady eyes.

This is a puzzler.  I am not sure if this is simply an Eastern Phoebe or if it perhaps a Kingbird.

He zipped around in the air after flies near the pond.

I am leaning toward Kingbird.  If I am right, it is a first for me.

A young Oriole getting into the grape jelly.

Just for some color…Twitter

A begging baby House Finch.

This baby something or other was strolling around in the garden refusing to fly.

It practically let me pick it up.

It wasn’t injured, however.  It was just lazy.

Eventually it flew up into a nearby pine tree, a low branch, and was lazy there.

And one of the oddest things I have ever seen.

This woodpecker simply took a nap on the supporting rod of the Oriole feeder.

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  1. BillG says:

    Good Morning Father,
    The bird in question is a Brown Thrasher. In the same family (thrush) as a Robin.

  2. torch621 says:

    Great pics Father Z =)

    Question: How do you keep grackles away from your feeders? I have a huge problem with the yellow-eyed abominations here in my city, and they seem to particular like my suet feeder, coming in flocks like a Hitchcock movie. Any advice you can give me?

  3. wanda says:

    That napping woodpecker is too much! I guess he figures he’ll be close to the food when he wakes up. You have attracted the most amazing array of birds. I’m not sure what the little mystery guy is, but I’d say you are pretty close in calling him the kingbird.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of the beautiful birds Fr. Z. I needed this today.

  4. Oleksander says:

    there are many berries by me, perhaps the birds are drunk which could explain the odd behavior

  5. torontonian says:

    Looks like a kingbird to me.

  6. Rachel says:

    Aww, I love the woodpecker. :)

  7. GirlCanChant says:

    The napping woodpecker is now the background on my computer. A bird after my own heart.

  8. introibo says:

    Kingbirds are neat in that sometimes you see them hovering in the air..

  9. BillR says:

    I second the kingbird id.

    torch621 – I was able to stop the grackles on my suet feeder by hanging it horizontally while leaving the suet in the plastic it came in (sans shrink wrap). That allows smaller birds to hang upside-down and eat from the only exposed facet of the suet block; a feat impossible for the larger grackle.

    Recently I’ve spotted an ibis, a pair or storks, and a rather rare and graceful swallow-tailed kite here in coastal GA.

  10. Dr. Eric says:

    This has nothing to do with the pictures, but my colleague and I were seated outside of a little coffee shop in the Central West End of St. Louis, MO and we saw THE fattest pigeon in the world! The poor thing just waddled about the side walk, not once did I see it fly, I don’t think it had the strength to lift its ponderous bulk off of the ground.

  11. Pigeons = Rats with wings

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