Random Moments of Delight: Feathered Flitters

It must be the right time of year to feed the birds, because all of a sudden a dozen feathered flitters found my bird-feeder!



Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore

The hummingbirds have flown south for the winter. But not the little songbirds. I put a seed feeder up this summer and it wasn’t touched for months so I took it down. Just this week a little bird tried to eat from the hummingbird feeder outside out picture window. So, I put up the bird-feeder filled with mixed seed and within an hour it was a happy place for a family!

A flock of pygmy nuthatches at breakfast.

A flock of pygmy nuthatches at breakfast.

Alas, it is a little disconcerting for Tuxedo Jack and Buffy Cat who keep making that peculiar ‘I want to catch you, you feathered fiends‘ meow when they see them.



I’ve identified the two kinds of birds that are feasting at the feeder as the pretty Mountain Chickadee (in both feature and sound).

(I hear this call all over the ranch as I walk.)

And a busy bunch of Pygmy Nuthatches.

I think it’s hilarious that there are six holes on the feeder, but they like to climb over each other to feed at one…

Small even by nuthatch standards, Pygmy Nuthatches are tiny bundles of hyperactive energy that climb up and down ponderosa pines giving rubber-ducky calls to their flockmates. […] Pygmy Nuthatches breed in large extended-family groups, which is one reason why you’ll often see a half-dozen at a time. – Cornell Lab of Ornithology

I’m already planning to get another couple of bird feeders… the Chickadees don’t like feeding when the Nuthatches are at the feeder, and with all the cats in our area, I don’t want my small feathered friends (not fiends 😉 ) picking up seeds from the ground! 

Tell me about your random moments of delight this week! Just say in the comments if something special happened or if you found a soft silent moment of pleasure … you don’t need to link a blog post to this one if you don’t want to. But if you do it’s below.

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10 thoughts on “Random Moments of Delight: Feathered Flitters

  1. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Sarah! Yes they are quite fun to watch. Buffy has gotten over her perturbation with the birds outside the window and just watches calmly. There are now 3 birdfeeders and a waterer out there for flocks of songbirds to munch at all day.

  2. Meghan Post author

    Yes, getting good shots helps with a telephoto lens (which neither of my phone cameras have). so the shots I got for that post were with my DSLR. So far any squirrels our forest holds have not found the feeder. They are shy little dark squirrels… not sure they’ll brave all the dogs to come up to feed.

  3. SarahC

    I went off and left the tab and came back and saw this movement………at first I did not realize you had a video on here! That is so neat, cats and birds are always so much fun !

  4. nharvey

    Love that first shot with the wings on the downstroke. And I appreciate the reminder that I need to fill my own feeder. It’s getting to that time of year when we should see plenty of cardinals and blue jays, though my favorite site is always the attempts of the squirrels to get past the wide cone-shaped barrier beneath it. Unfortunately ours is too far out in the yard to get good photos.

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