Tuesday, January 6, 2015
one feisty little bird
This little yellow warbler showed up day before yesterday, flitting all around the shrub, flying at the tea cup and veering off, hovering in front of the window all morning until it finally got up the courage to land on the tea cup.
Once there though, it could not be budged.
The other visitors have their patterns. The cardinals dine in until they are done; the titmice do kamikazi runs, grabbing a seed and flying off; the chickadees grab a seed and then flit to the shrub to eat.
This little warbler, smaller even than the chickadees, stays and stands it's ground. The chickadees and the titmice cannot budge it much to their dismay.
Usually, all it takes for a smaller bird to give way to a larger bird is for the larger bird to fly to the cup. Not so this little warbler. It defends the cup, fending off the larger chickadees and titmice.
The warblers winter over down here. I see them every year in the front around the regular bird feeder but this is the first year one has discovered the tea cup.