Flash Mob!

I don’t know what you were expecting, but at our place this is what we mean when we say “We’ve got a flash mob.”

These are Bush Tits, a small bird we have here year-round. Throughout the Fall and Winter months we put out suet blocks for the birds, and these little guys love it. So do the Northern Flickers and a host of other birds that come to our bird feeder, but these little guys assemble in the trees and then converge on the blocks in groups like this. Sometimes there are so many we can’t see the suet block at all. Thought you all might enjoy this photo. Click to enlarge!

flash mob

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7 Responses to Flash Mob!

  1. John says:

    Fantastic shot! Some of them look a little plastered on the right side. Is there such a thing as a fat high for birds?

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    We are mostly feeding cardinals and chickadees with the occasional finch. And a lot of squirrels. We have mostly black squirrels on our side of Detroit. But not on the other.

  3. Richard says:

    John, don’t know about that. The Flickers seem pretty addicted to the suet, though. We were standing only about six feet away, and they were watching us pretty closely, though.

    Patti, we have Red and some native Grey squirrels here. The Red squirrels are invasive but have stolen the habitat and it’s 95% of what we see. It’s a fight to keep them off the feeders.

  4. cgramlich says:

    Good term for it. I’ll tell Lana. We’ve been getting flash mobs of goldfinches the last week or two.

  5. Richard says:

    Charles, cool. One of the reasons I chose the term was because often after they mob the suet for a few minutes, then they all fly off at once. Poof, gone.

  6. Cap'n Bob says:

    Naturally, we get the same birds here (and steller’s jays, starlings, crows, and little chippie boids). I keep a feeder and suet block out year round, plus a hummingbird feeder. The Northern fickers are wasteful, though. They peck at the suet and spill more than they eat.

  7. Richard says:

    Bob, we find that the suet dropped from the Flickers is eaten by the other birds, or even occasionally by a second or third Flicker on the ground. Seems nothing goes to waste.

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