Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Clever Birds

The frenetic feeding of baby birds in the garden seems to have calmed down a bit over the last few days. I don't know if this is because of the stormy weather we've been having or because the youngsters are now managing to feed themselves. Either way I think the parent birds have done and incredible job in raising their young. They have built their nests, kept them clean, fed their babies and all with no hands just a things.

The Parakeets do use their feet quite a lot though and often spend several minutes just hanging around but I wonder if they use them in parenting. This one hung by just one toe for about a minute and a half.

Now there aren't so many protective parent birds around the squirrels have returned to the feeder. Over the years I have tried several ways to make it more difficult for them to get at the bird food. Not that I mind them having some but they eat soooo much. Anyway they are just too agile so I have now given up and they help themselves along with everything else.


Midmarsh John said...

Squirrels can certainly be persistent and like the parakeets they only need a small foothold to get where they want to be.
Earlier in the year I had a squirrel visit every day but I haven't seen it for a couple of months now.
Two lovely photos.

Helen said...

Hi John...its strange how these animals come and go. Last week we had three squirrels but this week there has only been one and I haven't seen the badgers or foxes in the garden for ages.