On Saturday was a lot of activity under the pine tree. During the week, the birds (or squirrels) had knocked two suet feeders down and there were lots of bit and pieces left behind on the ground that they were picking through.
Among my visitors was this male Northern Cardinal.
A little while later, I snapped this photo of what I thought was just a single mockingbird. It wasn't until I saw the photo enlarged on the computer screen that I realized that it was a mockingbird feeding its young. ( Please excuse the weeds around the tree, they didn't get pulled until the next day!)
I also got some photos of juvenile Northern cardinals scratching around in the border.
On Monday, the mockingbirds were making a racket outside and as I watched them I realized that I was being granted another peek into the secret life of birds.
Over on the fence were some hungry juveniles - that's where the noise was coming from.
While they squawked noisily, dad (or is it mom?) was grabbing mouthfuls of suet from the suet feeder (much to the disgust of the red bellied and downy woodpeckers) and flying over to feed the hungry young.
Then it was back to the suet feeder to restock for the next round.
The mockingbird worked tirelessly for quite some time before the young ones quieted down and they all disappeared in the wild lot next to the house, presumably for a nap.
I was tired too, just watching them!
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.