Something Floofy Our Way Comes!

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Floofy as a description is not limited to cats I am thinking with all the feather floof this Nuthatch has going on. It was a bit breezy on Sunday and he had the wind blowing out of the South right up his floofy derriére. He and his bird herd join us under the Oaks at 4 oh clock for wine time. He isn’t shy about letting CH know the amber dish is without sunflower hearts. He chats to CH on his way to and from the workshop to fill up the little dish. This one follows CH from tree to tree, little bird feet making tiny bird step noises on the bark as he yakyak yak-YAKs until CH comes out with the full dish and sets it in the holder.

I call the Nuthatches “The Mimes” because when their feathers aren’t all floofy but rather sleek and flat to their bird bodies they remind me of mimes. Nothing silent about them at all though. They have so much to say! We know.. they say it all during wine time.

The title of this post… I think I may have picked up the phrase from Tinykittens, a foster home for rescue cats and kittens with Foster Mom Kitten Whisperer Shelly Roche in Fort Langley, BC. You can watch the kittens live 24/7 at http://tinykittens.com/live. Tinykittens Facebook page.. http://facebook.com/tinykittens How did I ever go from Nuthatches to kittens? Oh my! To watch The Mimes at The Tiny Ten.. you have to come visit!

*I purchased a new lens, it’s smarter than me. For now.. 🙂

80 thoughts on “Something Floofy Our Way Comes!

  1. I like to watch birds, sometimes they act like humans (specially when they have a dispute). We “have” a blackbird we rescued out of Easy’s mouth, this guy still lives in one of our pines :o)

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    1. Agreed that they kinda act like us peeps! Pretty cool you were able to rescue the blackbird and picked you for a home. Easy must have thought it was a very active stuffie.. or maybe he wanted it to attend Sunday School class.. 🙂

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  2. I don’t have such a close relationship with my little floofy friends—I am a bit jealous! I have tons of goldfinches hanging around the nyger sock so maybe I can charm them? Floofy is the perfect word, by the way. One I would use. 🙂 Great picture, btw.

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    1. We don’t feed the birds during the summer except from the little amber dish a couple of times a day. So, they have us trained.. we walk outside, they hang or sit on a tree and let us know straight from the beak that they want FOOD! Odd, we have no goldfinches this year.. they must be at your place.. 😀

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      1. I confess—I have enticed them this year. Last year I hardly had a one but in previous years they were abundant. I have a lot of the house finches. I love to watch them. Have had the occasional indigo bunting this year, too, which is new so maybe they like my yard this year. 🙂

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  3. Great photo!!! We don’t feed the birds much in the summer either and they will occasionally let us know how unhappy they are about it.. If it gets really hot out I will fill the feeders… I feel sorry for them trying to forage in the intense heat.

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  4. Great photo! That little guy looks like he’s enjoying his all you can eat buffet…..they are very chatty – we have a variety of VERY chatty birds who join us near the front porch for “happy hour” every afternoon at four. We toss sunflower seeds out for them and they come VERY close to us….occasionally enjoying water from Sammy’s water bowl on the porch. The squirrels and birds have us very well trained when it comes to filling feeders around here…..whoa be it unto us if we forget – they sure can get upset when they’re out of snacks!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. You two.. er three (no alcohol for the furry four leg I know) are sure getting into happy hour on the front porch! Front porches are just the best.. you can snoop a bit on the neighbors and have a bit of privacy on the porch. I never thought of just tossing a few sunflower seeds on the grass to get them a bit closer for photo ops. That would be so sweet to see them getting a little drink from Sammy’s water bowl!

      Hugs back at ya!

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  5. Great photo! We have lots of babies — finches, cardinals, doves, etc. They are such a hoot at the feeders (we have 4). Just like kids, they will bump each other off in an attempt to eat first. Our squirrels used to come to the door and knock when it was feeding time. We backed off a little because all of a sudden there were like 30 squirrels (try feeding that crew!) but they are still around scarfing up the feeder droppings.

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    1. Kate, the babies truly are a hoot! Love the feathers all floofy and spiked up.We had to stop feeding the squirrels peanuts because they were coming to the back door and chewing on the small deck we have there. Then they started chewing on the siding. We had to put new siding on about 20 feet of the back of the house. We also had a gray squirrel chew through the attic vent and have babies,They were all gray squirrels that were being naughty, not the brown Fox Squirrels. Our Fox Squirrel population is coming back and we love seeing them. The grays had run them off The Tiny Ten.

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  6. i love the light in this. 🙂 we don’t get to see many ‘mimes’ here as their appearance is quite rare. and congrats on the new lnes!

    i use foofy instead of floofy, but both work well!

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  7. Morning, Pix! I put hanging flower baskets on the hooks in the summer and move the bird feeders. I see a little nuthatch coming around looking for his buffet. I don’t think he appreciates the flowers as much as I do! The goldfinches are the only birds I keep seed out for in the summer and they have been scarce lately for some reason. Okay, back to the dungeon. Why did I ever start that project??? It’s going to take me forevah!

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  8. AUNTIE PIX THANK YOU A GAZILLION TIMES FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PACKAGE OF HAND MADE ITEMS FROM STELLA. WE HAD NO IDEA YOU ASKED STELLA TO MAKE THEM UNTIL JUST NOW WHEN STELLA TOLD US. THE NOTE INSIDE DID NOT HAVE NAME ON IT!!! OH DO I SO LOVE ALL OF THE ITEMS.

    LOTS AND LOTS OF HUGS MADI AND MANY THANK YOUS FROM MOM!!

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    1. *You are so welcome Madi! I wanted you to have those Bungee Jumping Nip Mice and the ever so thoughtful Stella Bella had the great idea for the plaque because, well you know, you ARE a Diva only in the best sense of the word! Stella did an awesome job on your little face on the key chain.. 🙂 Enjoy. Scritches to you and hugs to your Mom! Hmmmm… I like that.. Auntie Pix.. :)*

      On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM, Under the Oaks wrote:

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    2. PS I LOVE THE PLAQUE…MOM HAS IT HANGING ON THE GUEST BEDROOM DOOR WHERE MY SIS AND BROTHER IN LAW SLEEP WHEN THE VISIT.  I WANT SIS TO KNOW I’M REIGNING DIVA NOW NOT HER!!

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    1. It is very entertaining, little birds are much like people when they have to wait in line too long.. tempers get a bit short and there is some squabbling! And the Mama birds bring the babies with feathers all floofy every which way and we can’t help but crack up!

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    1. Hello Sonia! Thank you for the good words on the photo. The nuthatches we have are White-breasted Nuthatches and they are a delight. I will have to google some bird species in Brazil so I know what birds you are watching and also read some more at your blog.. 🙂 Hope you are having a good Tuesday!

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      1. Hello Pix,
        Love birds, but I don’t photograph many birds because I have some difficulties because they don’t still! Lol!
        Hope you have a lovely week ahead! 🙂

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        1. Hey Sonia! I thought I would just tell you to have a nice rest of the evening and Night Night.. 🙂
          I hear you about those little birds, they are quick to move on. I think they know when the camera is pointed at them.. Ha!
          Hugs!

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          1. Hi Pix!
            I agree with you, the camera sometimes can intimidate the birds…
            My dear and so missed dog Flora did not liked to be photographed, but anyway we had many photos and videos of her. They brings us a lovely memory of her…
            Hope you and your husband have a happy weekend! 🙂

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            1. Hello Sonia! I guess the camera can intimidate more than the birds. So lucky you are to have such great photos of Flora’s sweet face. I have tons of pictures of our dear missed Z Cat and look at them often. We are having a wonderful weekend and hope you and your family are too!

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  9. Great photo…perhaps you like me need to learn how to engrave our names on our photo masterpieces. This is especially lovely with the light shining through.
    Rick feeds our birdies using the bird bath which is fine except when it rains.

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    1. Good Afternoon Georgette! I used to put a watermark on my photos but I don’t think it did a thing to keep people from taking them. So, I stopped. Thank you for the kind words on the photo. I am learning.. 🙂 I think using the bird bath is a fine way to feed the birds but you have a point about the rain. We haven’t had rain for way too long which is a whole other blog post. I would love to see some rain! I loved your photos of your farm and your words about it. It is so nice you are back to blogging, you were missed!

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  10. What a wonderful pic Pix 🙂 and a new lens woo hoos they are fun! I love the way the bird world behaves 🙂 and yes they floof up here too..on the bird bath ..just to drive the girls crazy…we don’t feed them as they have an abundance of feed and I don’t want mousey and then snakey…but lots of water here brings them to the yard….or my milkshake 😉 hugs and loves Bev xxxx

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  11. A Red-breasted Nuthatch visited us one winter, but we have no others here. I love chatty birds.
    The birds and critters were getting on each other’s nerves today. A pigeon got too close to a squirrel and he swatted it, so the pigeon turned around and pecked on a sparrow. Then two squirrels had a short tussle on the platform feeder. And it’s a nice day, 80, light breeze. Maybe they were all feeling frisky.

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      1. Had to clean the kitchen, so I enjoyed watching the critters. Learned my 95-year-old aunt died last night, and I kicked into cleaning mode while sorting through memories and emotions.

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        1. Aww so sorry to hear that Patti. I will say an extra prayer for her, you, and your family when I do my rosary tonight. I hope the critter watching helped to ease a bit of the sadness and sort out your emotions. Take care!

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    1. They do have that down the tree thing going on and they love to hang on with those feeties and hang out and give you the stink eye if there isn’t any food in the dish! Thank you on the photo.. I just keep trying!

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  12. Thanks Margie! I am having a love/hate relationship with the lens. It has some distortion at 18 to 70mm and it is driving me insane. I can correct it in Elements with the lens distortion function but.. ! It is an 18-300 mm lens and at 70 to 300mm it is golden.. 😀

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