Friday, March 04, 2011

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun


Chipping sparrows (Spizella passerina).. sharing grains of corn and sunflower seed. Posted by Picasa

"Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off." ~ Proverb (Congo)
Winter is hard for the small birds, competing with the crows and starlings for feed at the feeders. This year has been much easier though, the blackbirds were sparse and easily chased away. Even in the snow, the air is filled with the chirping songs of the goldfinch, house finch, warblers, bluebirds, wrens, cardinals and the sparrows. These two are small chipping sparrows at work on some grain they found. We filled the feeders just before the snow started and then added a few handfuls on the top of the snow as it accumulated. These little ones did not seem to be fighting or sparing over the food, but sharing it. Each took a few grains and both were satisfied. Perhaps they have learned the lesson of the above proverb... and both are content.

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Carmi's Theme ~ "Doubles"
Nature's Notes

14 comments:

Sandra said...

they are so precious and just plain adorable.

Bob Scotney said...

I have a photo of two English blackbirds below a feeding station but the these two chipping sparrows put it to shame. Liked the proverb too - starlings pinch the blackbirds feed when they are not looking.

Ti said...

These two look to be having delicious dialogue! Great capture. Thanks for sharing it!

Ginny Hartzler said...

This is amazing to me!!!! The picture needs to be on a magazine cover or something. And the story it tells, it has everything!

Max said...

I'll bet my doubles would love to meet your doubles. Great picture!

Vickif said...

How sweet! Great pic!

The Gearheads said...

This is a beautiful photo, I love the way the birds are still as if the are kissing yet the snow shows movement in the background.

RamblingWoods said...

Oh I miss my chippies..take good care of them till spring.....Thanks for feeding the birds..I have flock of starlings that I have to deal with...bullies......Michelle

mmp said...

that's so cute...and very well caught....

Nccathy1 said...

Great photo.

Hope B. said...

Beautiful. The snow falling adds such a painterly backdrop to these sweet creatures. I enjoy your blog. Very well done!

Credman said...

I thought they were kissing, or giving each other a "peck." http://looseleafnotes.com

Col said...

Such darling little ones. Love their little expressions.

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