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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday - Blue Boy






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This blue boy was a first sighting for me yesterday on the deck railing where I scatter birdseed and peanuts daily. I'm thinking this is a juvenile blue jay because the adult jays are my best customers. They love those peanuts! Two things make me doubt my ID -- the missing black markings on throat and his tail seems rather long. Maybe he will develop the black markings and grow into his tail as he gets older? Regardless of his ID, loved that little topknot, round babyish head, and fluffy body.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday .

19 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Your cute bird is a Tufted Titmouse. They are adorable and your photos are wonderful.

HansHB said...

A Perfect post for WBW!

Faye said...

Thank you Eileen--so a Tufted Titmouse? My learning curve for bird ID is very steep but I love trying to figure out who they are. Just saw a Blue Tit on Andrew's post that had me wondering if I'd mis-IDed. :-)

TexWisGirl said...

yup, cute little tufted titmouse. :)

Carletta said...

I so enjoy these little guys! Nice shots of what I think is one of the sweetest little birds.

Brian King said...

Nice shots! We only see Titmice during the winter when we have feeders out. They're flighty, nervous little things!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How adorable! Now that the wonderful experts have ID'd him for you, I can drop by just to say I love your pictures. People on this meme have been so helpful to me too ..it's a great place to hang out.

Carole M. said...

a lovely bird to see and photograph

Janice said...

Great shots, Faye.

According to my Birds of Kentucky book "Tit" comes from a Scandinavian word meaning "little." Suffix "mouse" is derived from the Old English word mase meaning "bird." Translates "small bird." They are notorious for pulling hair from sleeping dogs, cats and squirrels to line their nests. (Sleep with one eye open, Chet!)

Says here the male will feed the female during courtship and nesting. Well, at least he buys her dinner first.

mick said...

Very cute little bird - no matter what its called!

Karen said...

Oh it's so cute!

Rajesh said...

Very cute birds.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

He's adorable! Beautiful photos.

Gary Phillips said...

Nice shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - it a nice bird even if it's not what you first thought.

When I put a Willie Wagtail up some time ago, there were a couple of people who asked what its real name was! They thought I'd just called it Willie!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I think it's a tufted titmouse....just guessing. Great series of images you've shared. Trust me, ID'ing some birds is VERY difficult. Some, look so similar to others.

If you ever have any other bird photos to share, don't forget the Bird D'Pot on Saturday's. Each Saturday. The link to "I'd Rather B Birdin'" is on my sidebar.

Ercotravels said...

Lovely shots of the little birds! I'm new visitor at your account. Indeed, you have a nice account.
congratulations for 100 members.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi This bird is so cute.

Neil said...

Beautiful little bird.