The Daily Bird #19


A female Red-Winged Blackbird, happily enjoying suet, from Kengi. Agelaius phoeniceus. Click for full size.

Suet

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Comments

  1. Kengi says

    I think she was feeding someone. She would grab a mouthful of suet, then jump over to the platform feeder and stick a bunch of millet seed to it before flying off. That bit of suet stuck to the fuzzy feathers on her forehead is adorable. She must have really been driving her beak in deep to grab the suet.

    This is what happens when you let evolution re-purpose your hands for wings.

  2. says

    Kengi:

    She would grab a mouthful of suet, then jump over to the platform feeder and stick a bunch of millet seed to it before flying off.

    That’s what all the busy parents are doing here. They barely have time to stop and wipe their beaks.

  3. johnson catman says

    Damn, my reading comprehension is shit! And once again, I used the masculine pronoun as a default. I apologize! I still have to work to break the conditioning of a lifetime. All I can say is that I will continue to try to be better.

  4. rq says

    They barely have time to stop and wipe their beaks.

    I am now picturing pairs of exhausted bird parents flopped on the edge of their nest, napkins in claw, trying to clean up before heading out for the next round of feeding.

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    She has a vaguely feline camouflage pattern.

    Kengi @ 4

    Using sticky, nutritious food to be able to carry even more to the nest. That’s learning or evolution in action.

    One leg on the edge is a nice touch.

  6. Kengi says

    “She has a vaguely feline camouflage pattern.”

    I’ve often called it a tiger stripe.

    “Using sticky, nutritious food to be able to carry even more to the nest. That’s learning or evolution in action.”

    I should try that at the grocery store. Peanut butter and bulk candy should do the trick!

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