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Blurry Feeding Frenzy


No, they’re not sharks in this feeding frenzy, but they’re bushtits. This is the picture I was trying to get the other day when there were so many birds at the suet all at the same time. One photo I took today had a couple more birds than this one, but it was even blurrier. The reason for much of the blur is that it is taken through the window and I haven’t cleaned my windows for months, since the bad weather started. The salt spray reaches us even though we’re quite some distance from the water and it only takes one wind/rain storm to mess things up again. So why bother until spring? This window is too hard to reach anyway. Trying to focus on birds that won’t hold still was another challenge, so don’t look for sharp lines in this one – just count the little bodies. I think I see 11 of them. If I had risked opening the window to take the picture, the bird count would have been 0.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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30 thoughts on “Blurry Feeding Frenzy

  1. I see 11 too! A fun site to see for sure! 🙂 Happy new year!

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  2. Yes, a real feast for those birds.


  3. Hungry fellas! When I try to photograph the American Goldfinch, it’s always a complete blur.

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  4. You need a faster shutter speed! At least I think that’s how it works. It’s been a long time since I had a camera that did that. I like your fuzzy birds, Anneli. It emphasizes just how busy they were.

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  5. That’s an action shot! Bird feeders are so much fun.

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  6. I love bushtits. They are just the sweetest little birds. The photo may be a bit fuzzy, but even with a clean window they are rarely still enough to take a clear photo. Nice job.

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  7. Do the squirrels ever get at those feeders and hog it all?

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  8. How nice to witness all that activity. I’ve never seen this variety of bird out my way.

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  9. So very sweet to see them how they dig in. Good to know that a lot of people feed those friendly creatures! Good picture through the window!

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  10. It’s heartwarming to see them tucking into their meal like that. The picture, well, I know it’s not the best quality, but I had to snap it while I had the chance. They’re quite nervous about anything that moves and would take off in one big flock. The bushtits seem to travel together in flocks most of the time. It’s all or nothing.

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  11. Beautiful photo! Such a lovely sight. 🙂

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  12. Awww, this does seem like a lively little group of bushtits.
    My Mom lived up on the edge of a tall cliff with my Dad for almost 15 years of retirement. The years after he died we might not visit until warmer weather or on weekends that had no snow or sleet predicted. On the back of the cottage would be not only lake water, odds and ends like fishing lures and life preservers flung by hearty winds but also dead fish! We would try to get a broom and get it thrown back down to the base of the cliff, otherwise a dead fish smell would erupt on a warm spring day! P.U.!

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