Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Window Wars





There's a new resident in our yard as of a little over a week ago, 
and every morning before the whip-poor-will stops singing, 
from his perch outside our window, 
he wags his tail and sings out his name,
"Phoebe, Phoebe, Phoebe".

He has also taken to battling his reflection in the window, 
flying up and down the glass and pecking at his imaginary foe.

 We've seen this behavior in other bird species--
cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, and last year,
even a wild turkey,
but this is the first time we've seen a Phoebe so obsessed.






I don't know how to speak Phoebe, 
but if I did, I'd have one thing to say to this little guy:

GET A LIFE!




Linking with World Bird Wednesday
Texture by Kim Klassen

32 comments:

Sandra said...

Wonderful wonderful bird captures! You even caught a certain little look in his eye on that first shot! I love it! Beautiful composition.
I like the balancing act in the second shot!
I guess those little birds are sometimes like humans... do we not battle sometimes with our imaginary enemies?! LOL!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

I wonder if battling the reflection is an indication that he thinks it's another male who is trying to claim the territory?

Kia said...

What a wonderful bird, so beautiful. Great feather details. :)
Happy spring and Easter to you and yours.

Pat said...

Great capture of this adorable little bird!

Frank said...

What a glorious portrait of a delightful species.

Just tapping to say 'hello' .. lol.

Joan Pritchard said...

Beautiful photo and notes. I'm really enjoying your posts.

Andrew said...

Wonderful... my post to WBW last week was a little video of a Blue Tit on my door handle... he has been tapping on the glass this week fighting his reflection?

Your images are superb esp. the first one.

EG CameraGirl said...

I hope the phoebe finds a new hobby soon, before it hurts itself battling your window.

Gary said...

Beautiful captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Barb said...

Breathtaking photography!

fjÀllripan said...

Such a lovely bird! Wonderful catured! :)

Horst in Edmonton said...

Such a lovely little bird. Great capture.

Tammy said...

Well, he gave you a perfectly posed portrait in that first shot :)

Modesto Viegas said...

Excellent photo!!!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful picture and great story.

Larry said...

Lovely photos of the obsessed Phoebe Linda. You might try "muddying up" the window with a bar of soap for awhile so the bird can't see its reflection. It's usually a male thinking another male is in his territory.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely shots of the Phoebe. I like that their sound is their own name. It is one of the birds I can tell right away by hearing their sounds.

Lui said...

Haha, Connie!
But hey I do bird-speak, worm-speak, cat-speak and of course dog-speak.

I guess I need to get a life ;-)

missing moments said...

That first photo is absolutely perfect!

mick said...

Great photos and a very cute little bird.

Springman said...

Wonderful shots of the Phoebe, I think I may of seen one today and did not know what it was. Your post is right on time for me!

heyBJK said...

That first photo is just gorgeous, Connie! Great shot!

HansHB said...

Lovely photos of this cute bird!
Perfect post for WBW!
Happy Easter to you!

NatureStop said...

Greetings from Oman!!!

Great captures…will be back for more:)

Shantana

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Your visitors sure are sweet little charmers! I hope that you have a very Happy Easter celebration Connie~

Madge Bloom said...

Such incredible photography... love it! Phoebe is a delight!

Marcie said...

Exquisite! Such sweet little birds!

Lisa said...

The detail in your first shot is gorgeous. What a beauty.

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a handsome fellow
...sad he is so insecure!
beautiful photo...thanks
and much Easter love
and resurrecion joy
to you,
Jennifer

hannah said...

The luminosity in the first picture is unbelievable.
So a Phoebe is a bird? I mistook it for a wren.

Stewart M said...

Nice picture - I suppose that the bird is doing what it needs to do!
We just don’t understand why it needs to do it.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

lisa said...

Connie, both of these are wonderful, but the first one here is pure perfection!