Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jack Sparrow

I have been a very naughty House Lady.

Of the 45898934 hummingbird photos and the 7989895 photos of finches, cardinals, bluejays, cowbirds, starlings, woodpeckers, crows, terns, skimmers, seagulls, herons and one or two hawks, there has been one feathered friend I have neglected.

Jack Sparrow. 

Today, Mr. Jack Sparrow so kindly pointed that out.  I had no excuses.  I made none.  But I could atone for my oversight, he chirped, with a whole post, featuring his family.

So with no further adieu .......

Introducing 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sparrow


and their three little fledglings

John, Johnny and Joanne
(to ensure equal photo time, I present three since I could not tell them apart)




and last, but not least, their big brother, 
Calhoun Cowbird
(shhhh.......they don't know this, but he really isn't their brother.
Cowbird Cassie, dropped her
egg in Mrs. Sparrow's nest while she was out!
Cowbirds are so lazy when it comes to parenting!)

But Calhoun Cowbird has been a good brother, even if a bit rowdy.

Today he tried to encourage them to take a dip.


 But John, Johnny and Joanne were a bit skeptical.


So, Calhoun Cowbird tried again to illustrate the ways of bathing.


But his siblings were still skeptical


 and thought it best to maybe try



another day.
: : :


Later in the day, John, Johnny and Joanne 
were kind enough to pose for me 
so I could let you know 
who was who.

 This is John.


This is Johnny.


And this is Joanne.
(I think Joanne had the sweetest pose, don't you?)

: : :

So ....  this was my day today.  Making amends.  It could be worse.  
The yellow jackets could have been demanding equal time.  
How's that saying go ....
"madder than a hornet's nest"

Fortunately, they've been too busy on the hummer's feeder to notice.  
Thank goodness!

Until tomorrow, friends
Stay safe

: : :

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63 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

Go ahead, John, Johnny & Joanne, take a Depp! I mean, DIP! ha ha!

Lois Evensen said...

You have the most darling posts! I love the stories with your great images. :) Just darling.

...and, TexWisGirl, that's a good one! Ha!

christinemyoung said...

love John, Johnny and Joanne :)))

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Hysterical! So nice to meet the triplets and their big brother. :)

Catherine said...

Such a sweet little bird family - especially with the adopted sibling - cute! xo Catherine

Ginny said...

I must say that in your first picture, you have made the sparrows look colorful and pretty, even though they are cold blooded killers! And the babies are just so darn cute! I love your way of story telling, too! You must have so much patience to get these pictures!!

Sylvia K said...

I love all your birds! Such fun to visit your post at the end of my day and catch up with the guys and gals at the feeder! Delightful captures, fun story and lots of smiles and giggles -- and we can all use lots of those these days!! Thanks for the fun, Reena!

Sylvia

S. Etole said...

I enjoy the conversations you are privy to! What a cute little bunch!

Liza said...

Your pictures continue to amaze me!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Even your sparrows look prettier than mine! What are you feeding them? :)

Barb said...

You do get the most amazing photos!

beth said...

so i'm curious about john and johnny....as in why 2 johns ? there must be a story there i missed :)

Deanna said...

You just make me laugh, you should put all these in a book. Loved the little sparrows, too cute. But I do the same thing, take shots of all the other birds and animals and never take any of the sparrows. I must remember to not hurt their feelings in the future.

Jill said...

Argh! Those babies are so cute I almost fell off my chair. Such a great post!

Pradeepa said...

What lovely set of shots. The babies as so cute and I love the shot where they are splashing the water.

hootnonny said...

What a fun little family!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I love the three baby sparrows, very cute and fluffy.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...This is great ...I loved it!!
Those little babies are so darn cute...
Love the story just to funny!! : }

Mama Zen said...

I love this!

Tricia said...

Awesome story & very cool shots, each & every one of them!

I just got done taping Pirates of the Caribbean... Love that Johnny Depp =)

Oliag said...

I just love the photos of the cowbird interloper! You actually made him look adorable:) The three little sparrows didn't need to bathe after getting showered by their brother!

faye said...

great captures. I'm having
a similar problem with hornets at
the hummingbird feeder.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I love how they all have names!! These are FANTASTIC pictures!

bon bon said...

such cute, round, fluff balls!

looks to me like they don't need to get in the water. they just need to be near calhoun when he is.

mick said...

A beautiful series of photos and your captions help me to see the interaction that went on between the birds.

holdingmoments said...

Excellent post Reena.
Really enjoyed the way you put it all together. Had me grinning from ear to ear lol

fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos! It made me so happy when I saw the birds in the bath together, soo sweet!!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, what a great series. The juvenile sparrows are so cute and their big brother had me laughing. Wonderful post and photos.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - Sparrows are an under-rated bird. I like them!

Great little birds to have around!

Cheers

Stewart M - Australia

Kathy said...

I love your bird and animal stories. And the illustrations, of course!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I could just wallow in your whimsical world for hours:):):)
thanks for the grins,
Jen

Ana Eugenio said...

oh, you're so lucky to have them in the wild visiting you :) I don't like to have birds in a cage so I simply adore the way you feed these little fellows. and the bath time is so sweet! thank you so much for sharing, I've a happy smile on my face :) xoxo

Dyche Designs said...

I'm so in love with these shots, you capture your visitors perfectly. I've just ordered myself a bird bath and can't wait for it to arrive. I hope the birds will use it.

Claudia said...

I am always amazed at your gorgeous photos. I don't know how you do it but I am a huge fan of our work. The birdies are beautiful - love seeing them at play.

xo
Claudia

Marcie said...

You have such a wonderful sense of humor. Love how you spun a story out of these sweet little sparrow birds. Terrific!!!

Daryl said...

I've never seen a sparrow with such amazing coloring as Mr Jack Sparrow! Al we get here are brown sparrows and equally brown house - wait I cant remember if they are finches or wrens .. OY!

ELK said...

this had me smiling from the top to the bottom of the post..its like a family story ...you recorded it so well !!

Larry said...

A great post on the sparrows Reena. The Cowbird really makes the story and I love the shot of the Cowbird sitting in the corner looking at his three "siblings."

I didn't realize that Brown-headed Cowbirds parasitized House Sparrow nests. Very interesting.

joo said...

Since my comment is going to be 39th, I'm afraid I can't say nothing which hasn't been said so far! Your post is simply FABULOUS!!!!!!!

Louise said...

I like sparrows. They're cheeky little buggers. And, I'm glad that Jack and his wife were able to raise their three, and the adopted Calhoun all safely. That's what comes of having a nice, safe place, with an endless supply of food.

Debbie said...

i am distracted by the "purple" feeder....awesome pictures and quite the creative story!! do these just "come" to you or do they take much thought?!?!

they are sooooo fun!!!!

Debbie said...

ooooohhhhh now i get it, jack sparrow, johnny depp...or do i?? i may be just embarrassing myself!!!

deb duty said...

You have the most fun and exciting backyard ever! I enjoyed your photos of the little birds. You are amazing!!

EG Wow said...

Wonderful photos, Reena!

Madi and Mom said...

I'm sure all of your backyard birds have forgiven you after this equal opportunity post.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Jillsy Girl said...

those cowbirds are getting a bit too invasive if you ask me! once again, great captures and storyline!

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Bob Bushell said...

Superb photos of the Sparrows.

bobbybegood1 said...

You and your pics are PRICELESS. You have no idea how much joy your blog brings to my life. I'm speechless. But, I have to thank Daryl. For it was she who plugged me into you or you into me. I forget which. lol! Cheers renna!!

Ann said...

What a lovely family Mr. Sparrow has. I never knew that about cowbirds but I just read it on someone's blog the other day.

Andrew said...

lovely images of your wonderful birds Reena.

dona said...

What a lovely family you have there! :)

lisa said...

Oh, those little babies are soooo sweet!
I have to agree that Joanne's little pose is just adorable.
Such wonderful captures Reena!

Margaret said...

I read in a previous comment that jack sparrows are cold blooded killers? Of what... other birds? And cowbirds get adopted by other birds? Fascinating. And yes, Joanne has the sweetest pose... but girls are born knowing how to work the camera! :)

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

That pretty bird is a sparrow!!??

Mental P Mama said...

They are so sweet. And those rude cowbirds!

Springman said...

Don't you just hate the splasher at the pool? Well,thanks for that entertaining interlude with the sparrows! ;-)WBW

Pat said...

The three J's are little butterballs!
I love your pictures and story!

janet said...

Reena..I love bird and your photos are delightful !

Thanks for sharing with us...soon I will be posting about a very special bird visitor I had yesterday.

I always have a camera by the back door to capture my little feathered friends.

Janet xox
http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

Hilke Breder said...

Terrific photo essay, Reena! That cowbird sounds like real gentleman: he didn't push his sibs out the nest - or is this storyteller's license?

Arija said...

What a lovely and clean little family. Their beaks seem to be longer than ordinary sparrows.

Kanelstrand said...

Joanne's, of course, is the sweetest pose! She is the girl after all!

Barb said...

Wonderful photo essay - esp of the big splash!