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Monday, April 09, 2018

The Yellow Bird Attacks

This is not a normal bird....

See here he is quite shy and is hiding on me in the flowers. I guess that is normal as all the birds like to play hide in the branches with me, it is their game. They think I cannot see them but I can!

Normally we go and see the birds at a bird sanctuary and lately I notice a very cute Yellow-rumped warbler.  He was always very shy with me but he liked to look at the truck. Here is is looking down at the truck. As soon as he sees the truck he will come flying in and singing his lovely love song for the truck.

He was not that friendly to me and would flap his wings and go behind branches. He would just peek at me waiting patiently for me to leave.

Here is is hiding on me and doing his normal thing when I am nearby. So I left for a walk around to see the other birds and hubby stayed in the truck with coffee and newspapers.

I did not see that many birds but when I came back hubby had cell phone photos of his visit with the Yellow-rumped warbler who almost wanted to fly into the truck and was in love with the mirror.  This is not normal bird behaviour!!

Lesson for me was not to leave hubby in the truck as all the birds love him so much! They want to fly in the truck and go home with him!

(cell phone photos was all he could get)

(but he did better than I did that day)

If the little warbler had a white patch on his throat he would be called a Myrtle but he has the true yellow on his throat. I did see some other ducks and birds while I was there so here are a few pictures of them also.

(I guess a Green winged teal possibly taken farther away)
(foxy Fox Sparrow)
(the hummers are busy feeding their babies)

(the pussy willows are fully out now)

(the swallows have returned in abundance)

This is one strange little bird what will he do next time we go to see him I wonder??

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Today I am linking to:
The Bird D'Pot 
Nature Notes Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
Wild Bird Wednesday
ABC Wednesday  at the letter "N" for not a Normal Bird!

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  1. Birds are so strange, beautiful though!! Great photos.

  2. HUMMERS??? Already? Oh, how I want to leave the prairie and move to The Island (capital letters because I'm a British Columbian marooned in southeastern Alberta).
    Sigh. O well, we have some sparrows outside the living room window.
    And birds sure do love mirrors. They can fall in love with their own reflection. My grandparents' budgie did that.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

  3. Great pics!Lovely birds!Hugs!

  4. Great series of pictures, Nora. Audubon’s Warblers seem to be everywhere and today we saw several Rufous Hummingbirds so they seem to have just arrived. It is great to be birding our here. All the best, David

  5. Intersting behaviour from that Warbler.I am thinking he is trying to defend his territory from a rival male, only the male is himself in the mirror.

  6. Awww - love that warbler! And a glorious shot of the hummingbird.

  7. Great shot of the humming bird. We have birds that love looking in the car mirrors.

  8. Ah so your husband attracts the birds! You'll need to keep an eye on him.

  9. Aww I love that the birds all love your husband, I have an image of a big tough man covered in sweet little birds! :) Love your photos, especially the frozen-in-flight hummingbird and the surprisingly colourful swallow.

  10. That YRW (Mrytle) is a curious bird! I enjoyed the fact of it being so fascinated with its own reflection! Great bird photos Nora!! And, thank you for sharing this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'

  11. Your blog posts are always full of so many interesting things. Of course you know how jealous I am — there you are on The Island, and here I am in southeastern Alberta — LOL — but we are beginning to get some birds here. We've had sparrows for a few weeks and now, to the chagrin of our neighbourhood dogs, we're getting crows! The snow comes and goes, and has been known (so I'm told) to come as late as May. I always enjoy your photos, Nora. Keep up the good work...you have many fans!
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  12. We've had male cardinals do a similar thing, attacking their image in the side mirror. I guess at this time of year, they may think that their image is another male trying to intrude on their territory. Very pretty bird.

  13. What an interesting bird. I've seen a bluebird admiring himself in the side mirror of our truck, but not a yellow rumped warbler. Strange. Have a great week.

  14. Nora. I think that little yellow bird looked in the mirror and fell in love with his handsome self! Your husband took some fun photos of him, and all your photos and videos are beautiful!

  15. Gorgeous indeed....

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  16. How neat that he came to the vehicle and posed! And we love the precious hummingbirds. Ours have just returned this week. I finally got a positive ID on my mystery flower too! Hugs, Diane

  17. Great shots! I always enjoy your nature pictures.

  18. Thanks so much for the lovely and kind comments.

  19. Nora - this is such a cute story - much more interesting than capturing the bird the 'normal' way. I don't suppose the bird was attracted to/attacking the bird he saw in the rear view mirror?

    Your hummer picture is also spectacular! They are such fascinating birds.

  20. Wow...it is really spring there... we are waiting for a big ice storm and I am sick again.....not the best month here...Michelle

  21. That silly little bird, your husband's pictures and your text combined gave me the best laugh I've had yet today!! What a great story. All of your bird photos are wonderful and I would have been delighted to read this post even without the crazy pickup/husband loving warbler ..... but I'm so glad you included that story.

  22. We had problems with Fairy Wrens attacking their reflection in our cars wing mirrors a little while ago - they (thats the birds!) got very cross!

    Sorry its taken me so long to visit, things have been pretty hectic here!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne


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