Little and Large.

One minute we have large birds fighting over the feeders and the next there is so much twittering from one of the smallest birds that we have here, well, they would be if they didn’t have such long tails!   First to visit this morning was a magpie, very smart in his black and white suit with a flash of blue.

Magpie.

Magpie.

One of the few birds that we have seen without any offspring.

One of the few birds that we have seen without any offspring.

Adult and juvenile Jackdaw.

Adult and juvenile Jackdaw, adult on the left.

Juvenile looking a bit grumpy as its parent is feeding itself instead of him/her!

Juvenile looking a bit grumpy as its parent is feeding itself instead of him/her!

Feed me now!

Feed me NOW!

Now to the other end of the scale, a juvenile Long Tailed Tit.

Now to the other end of the scale, a juvenile Long Tailed Tit.

If it wasn't for it's long tail, it would just be a tiny ball of fluffy feathers!

If it wasn’t for it’s long tail, it would just be a tiny ball of fluffy feathers!

At least this parent knows what to do.

At least this parent knows what to do.

The fat balls are very popular with all the birds, but the larger birds finish them in double quick time! The birds keep us wonderfully entertained while we are eating our own breakfast, they sometimes come and sit on the windowsill and look in and watch us eating!

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22 Responses to Little and Large.

  1. Mr. Magpie looks very alert and his suit is quite snazzy. They are all cute in their own way, but the small tit looks amazingly soft and fuzzy, almost like a plush toy. We have hummingbirds, which are fun to watch, but they’re very quick.

    • Pauline says:

      The young Jackdaw wakes me up each morning at about 5 am and doesn’t stop making a noise all day Marian, certainly a demanding baby! Hummingbirds are so beautiful, I wish we had them here.

  2. Gitte says:

    It is really nice photos of the birds in your garden. It is difficult to take sharp pictures of birds and other flying animals.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Gitte, for every photo that I have put onto my blog, there are dozens that don’t make it because the birds moved too fast! Thank goodness for a digital camera, where unwanted photos can just be deleted!

  3. Kate Patel says:

    What amazing photos, the young long tail tit being fed is especially adorable. Digital camera or not, this is a superb record of juveniles at your feeder. Well done.

    • Pauline says:

      I’ve enjoyed sitting and watching all the birds Kate, they certainly keep us entertained! At this time of year with all the youngsters coming to the feeders, I am going through the bird food at a fantastic rate, it makes a change from photographing flowers all the time!

  4. Sally says:

    Hi Pauline, The Magpies are so handsome and the tiny Tit looks very cuddly. They are all so entertaining!
    I’m finally back blogging again! I’ve missed it and missed everyone whose blogs I read. My new blog is anewenglandflowerbed.wordpress.com. Please visit when you can. I’m itching to get back into the swing of things again. Happy Gardening!

    • Pauline says:

      So glad you’re back Sally, I’ll certainly visit. We get a lot of pleasure from watching the birds, it is worth all the bird food that we buy!

  5. Denise says:

    I love the photo of the grumpy baby jackdaw! And the baby long-tailed tit is just adorable. Lovely photos Pauline.

    • Pauline says:

      He/she does look fed up, don’t you think Denise? We have been inundated with baby birds this year, I’m sure we haven’t had as many before, lovely to see so many.

  6. Jason says:

    The juvenile Jackdaw photos are quite comical. Bird feeders can be such great entertainment.

  7. Val says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby (or Juvenile) long tailed tit before, how sweet! Have seen plenty of the adults (and magpies and jackdaws) – generally very difficult to persuade them to stay still enough for a photo-opp! Also nice to see the relative difference in sizes by having photographing them on their same choice of perch.

    • Pauline says:

      It’s the first time we have seen young Long Tailed Tits too Val, they were so cute and fluffy! You certainly realise how tiny they are when you compare them with the young jackdaw, he was huge!

  8. Christina says:

    Birds do give us such a lot of pleasure, as well as the pain with the ones that make a lot of noise early in the morning. Our Little owl makes a tremendous noise all night but I like that the owl has chosen our roof as its home.

    • Pauline says:

      I think the pleasure outweighs the pain Christina, we get so much all day long with the birds coming to the feeders. How wonderful to have a little owl, we have a Tawny, but only hear it over the winter months when they are guarding their territory or looking for a mate. I think we should all feel honoured when the wildlife gives our garden their seal of approval.

  9. Frank says:

    Look at that long tailed tit! I would laugh at seeing a nest full of the juveniles, I can’t imagine where they keep their tails 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Like you, I don’t know how the youngsters cope with their long tails while in the nest, maybe they are shorter then and they quickly grow longer tail feathers once they have fledged?

  10. Alain says:

    Thank you for showing a picture of Jackdaws. I have often read about them but did not know exactly what they look like beside the fact that they are black.

    • Pauline says:

      I think there are a couple of different varieties of Jackdaws Alain, the ones we have here have grey feathers on their necks and back of heads. They really are too big to come to the feeders but I think the food must be too tempting.

  11. snowbird says:

    What a treat this post was, I did enjoy it. I especially loved your juvenile jackdaw and long tailed chick/fluff ball.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Dina, the Long Tailed chick was such a tiny bundle of fluff and the baby Jackdaw soooo demanding!

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