Friday, July 31, 2015

Nuts or little Assups

We have been entertained by the Nuthatch babies (Assups) this week.  They can fly just fine, but they don’t want to go onto the suet holder to eat….so they sit on the branch and squawk and carry on until their Mother or Father puts suet in their mouth.

Three Nuthatches

It is hard to tell the babies from the parents.

Nuthatch Babies

A parent feeding a baby.   The only time the squawking stops is when their mouths are full.  One day there was two parents and two babies…there was lots of noise. We have been encouraging the babies to go onto the feeder…. we make a great cheering section!

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24 comments:

  1. I can hear the cheers, "Go little assup! You can do it assup!"

    :)

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  2. Isn't it much the same with our own children....sometimes it takes a "cheering team" to make it happen. Bird photos often take patience to capture....these are great!

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  3. I have never seen the term assup before, but I' can almost hear their chirping from your description. You are right, they do look almost as big as the parents....time to fend for yourself!

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  4. Those are some great photos. The squawking noise I hear in the trees around the house must be all the baby birds wanting to be fed. Glad your birds have a great cheering section. I'm sure Chance has been cheering also. Have a great weekend.

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  5. We've had two batches of noisy babies:- Titmouse most recently, I think maybe four of them squawking at mom and dad; and then (have mercy!) baby Blue Jays. What an incredible racket they make. One sort of wants to get the shotgun, but doesn't. Fortunately, this phase passes rather quickly

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  6. They are one of my favorite birds, and I had never heard them called assups until you, and now that's all I can think of when I see them! :-)

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  7. It's wonderful you can watch this so closely.

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  8. Nature provides lots of entertainment:)

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  9. They make the cutest sounds but boy they are demanding! :)

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  10. Interesting that the babies don't go to the feeders themselves.

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  11. They are so cute, we have the crows here, hooligans, 6 of them, and they never ever shut up! Drives me nuts.

    Jen

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  12. What fun we have now just watching the birds.
    We have a family of Blue Jays and they are so
    Loud and squawk much of the day.

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  13. I love the songs/sounds of summer! Birds are a huge part!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  14. What beautiful birds. The ones in our garden at the moment are behaving in a very similar fashion - the young ones sitting back and letting mum and dad do all the work. Nothing much changes!

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  15. Cool, they look like they are kissing ;)

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  16. The Nuthatches are so cute. We see one once in a while, not too often. The baby Cardinals do the same thing here. The babies look as big as the parents that are feeding them.

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  17. Those baby birds have got their parents trained!

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  18. All these little guys are very demanding. They put their point across by some very super squawking. You will have these customers for the winter.

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  19. Lovely photos . They are cuties aren't they ? Our nuthatches are mostly around here in winter very rare to see them here in our summers . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  20. You captured some wonderful pics. I love watching the nuthatches. Hope you two feel ok and enjoy a nice weekend. Hi to Chance!

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  21. Hahahaha Assups! We have baby ravens here, they have been out of the nest for a couple of months but we still hear them squawking to be fed- man they are noisy! Not so much lately, maybe that have learned how to hunt.
    Nice header photo of Chance peeking around the tree!

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  22. :) we have plenty of squawking going on around here to - in the mornings it is the big noisy crows cleaning up on the horse feed (I only wonder how much is wasted) and then the rest of the days it is (I am not sure) possibly the blue bird babies (second hatching I think)

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  23. We usually have red-breasted nuthatches in winter although I didn't see one at all this past winter. If I hang suet I have a better chance of seeing them but what happens is that a flock of Starlings will descend on the suet and in no time its gone. It's only in the past few years that I've seen Starlings hang on a suet cage.

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