Birds and Sugar

My Sugar Bird is back.  This little bird is crazy for sugar and I do believe it is the same bird that has visited in previous years.

As it turns out, I identify this bird differently every year.  This year I’m going to say it is an Orange-crowned Warbler.  I can look at those bird pictures all day and not quite tell what this cutie is.

I was really surprised to see that a Chickadee had been observing Sugar Bird and decided to see what was so delicious.

When Chickadees feed, they go to the feeder and take a seed to a tree to eat.  They are very quick.

I have the sugar feeder set up outside my kitchen window, so I can be entertained while I eat.  I also took all the photos from my table, through the window that is about five feet away.

It took me weeks to get a shot of the fast moving Chickadee and I was thrilled when I got these four during one visit…and in focus.




23 Comments on “Birds and Sugar”

  1. Deb says:

    Great photos! These are cute little birds! Your Camilla bush is pretty too.

  2. Chloris says:

    What cute birds you have. Lovely camellia too.

  3. Christina says:

    They are good images, well done.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice to see some blooms. All the northeast has is snow and ice a warm plus three this morning.

  5. Tina says:

    Your little sweet-beaked bird is an Orange-crowned. I also have one (or perhaps, two–can’t quite tell). They like suet and also the insects that they pick off from perennials in the garden. Great shots, especially of the Chickadee–I have the hardest time getting good photos of those little cuties!

  6. carol says:

    And I’ve been putting away my feeder after the hummers leave, never thought of this! Great pics and wonderful idea to copy, too.

    • The birds seem to only like the feeder with the long tube. It’s like a hamster water bottle. I also had to provide something for them to stand on. Oddly, the hummingbird that is here does not use this feeder.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    I work at a conference center, where, during big events, buffet tables are put out with big vats of coffee and hot water for tea, along with cream and sugar. Crows and jays take the small containers of cream and packets of sugar. I find them everywhere in the landscape.

  8. Hmm,love the Camellia.I miss them, birds are so hard to catch, well done.

  9. shoreacres says:

    I’ve been watching the Cornell feeder cam in Ithaca, NY, and there are chickadees galore there. They exhibit exactly the behavior you describe here: taking a seed from the feeder, and then flying off to a branch to eat it. I had no idea they’d take sugar, but at least yours are willing to give it a try.

  10. gaiainaction says:

    That’s wonderful! I love your photos of the little bird and what a treasure to have the pleasure for you to watch this day by day!

  11. What lovely pictures you took! That’s a sweet bird.

  12. Sheryl says:

    Great photos – Your sugar bird is adorable.

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