Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whistlers on Wednesday 97

A group of youngsters that stopped in recently.

 Their adult attendants.
Most flocks are stopping in to eat but are not sticking around, so I'm hoping they'll proceed on their route south for the upcoming season. (Last year we kept 100-250 of them through the winter for the first time ever, and they ate a ton of scratch feed, so I'm hoping the hordes don't repeat their Northeast Texas winter layover.)

107 comments:

Birdman said...

What's happening to the left? It's got their attention for sure.

Gunilla Bäck said...

You take too good care of them if they stay for the winter. :-)

maryaustria said...

Such a lovely group! Great shots!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow, something intensely interesting seem to be happening to the left there!

DJan said...

Never get tired of these guys. :-)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, such a sweet little grouping, love their colours.Blessings Francine.

joeh said...

I see no reason for them to go any further south than the Run-Around-Ranch.

Irma said...

Great photos.
You make very good for them, why they stay.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'm with joeh.

We get treated like royalty here, why risk the hospitality at another establishment of fine scratch dining?
~

magnoliasntea said...

Love the everybody look-to-the-left photo. They must have heard the rustle of the feedbag, lol.

Karen S. said...

You know what they say, a good home is hard to leave!

MarkD60 said...

Top photo=the winner!
Happy hump day!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Yes, birds eat a lot! But they are so sweet all of them :)

bas van Es said...

Ze zijn heel mooi en weten van vorige jaren waar het goed toeven is.

William Kendall said...

They may be plotting something.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Free meal at the Run*A*Round Ranch flyway diner.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those were great photographs of these photogenic birds!

Leovi said...

All really nice, funny the first, beautiful photos!

Bob Bushell said...

Live and kicking with joy, love the Whistlers.

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

We should all be so lucky to have 150 or so fun loving feathered friends spend the winter with us. I'd love for you to box a couple up and send them my way but I'm thinking our Kansas winters might scare em off no matter how much I fed them!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hoping they will move on out this winter!

don said...

I found it very interesting how the birds do not always migrate as they should. Keep us posted on their activities this winter season.

Sylvia K said...

Smart birds!! They know a great home when they find it!!

Anita said...

How can you not love'em!
Nice shots, as always.

Molly The Wally said...

Now with all the feed they get bet you they do stick around at Hotel Tex. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

carolann said...

Love your critters I now call them.

Great takes.

Frank said...

Super shots Theresa.

I reckon the word has got out and you might well have a much larger gathering this winter. Better stock up the larder ... lol.

DIMI said...

Lovely birds Tex!!Lucky they have you taking care of them!Hope they stay for winter!!Wonderful pictures!!
Dimi...

Phil Slade said...

It's brilliant that you have 200 or more Whistlers dpending upon your generosity. Luck old birds might otherwise starve whilst on migration. Great work.

Beth of ".E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is a lot of whistles. wow wee!!

i wonder what will happen???!?!? keep us posted. whistle lots about it. ( :

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW I would love to see 250 of these ducks however I would not be so keen on feeding them all!

Nancy J said...

I think the message is out... Call in here on your way south, and stay a while, great B&B at a very special price, breakfast, lunch, and maybe dinner... guaranteed .Love the way they all look left together. Cheers.Jean

messymimi said...

If they expect to be fed, they may not want to leave. It's why i've been told not to feed squirrels every single day, they become dependent on it.

Revrunner said...

What? No Whistlers this winter? Are you kidding? I'm tellin' ya, Tex, they've got your phone number. :-)

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh my goodness! An indication of climate change, i wonder? Or, as some said, just your excellent care. I, too, hope they go back to their migration plan, but am happy they found you in the mean time.

S. J. Qualls said...

I cannot imagine feeding so many, but it does have a plus side.
Love their little Mohawks!

Ela said...

I missed them :))

Magia da Inês said...

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Amei as fotos! Eles são tão graciosos!

Ótimo dia com tudo de bom!
Beijinhos.
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Ms. A said...

I can't imagine your feed bill!

Gosia k said...

Eating for birds is very important. The are very greedy.

Midmarsh John said...

I have that sort of wish when the Starling numbers increase in the Autumn.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You might have to close the Whistler Cafe !

Debby Ray said...

Well, those are precious little guys and gals sporting those "mohawks"!

Robin Lamb said...

T, looks like they are just looking for trouble!
I hope they move south too! They should be with their peers!

RedPat said...

They like you! They really like you! ;-)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I think your Whistlers are wonderful! Hope you do have the numbers and length of stay you find perfect for your ranch. Have a fantastic Thursday tomorrow. Enjoy your wildlife.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They are certainly a prolific bunch. I think they have plans to take over the world!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

What they are beautiful.
Can be? you'll need a lot of food.
Greetings.

Patty Woodland said...

Your little flock has grown.

Hilary said...

I wonder if they'd be half as adorable if they didn't have the white circle around their eyes. It gives them such a wide-eyed innocent look.. much like the red squirrels have. Too darn cute.

Terry and Linda said...

Your places mascot I do believe!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/?s=The+Adventures+of+Fuzzy+and+Boomer&submit=Search
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Farm Girl said...

These are always wonderful photos. I hope they don't decide to spend winter there either. Some is nice but 250 is a bit much. :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is an awful lot of feed!
One of our cats bit me in my finger when I did grab him away from a chipmunk that he brought inside. Chip lives and I ended up with a painful swollen hand and need to stay at least 48 hours in the hospital; antibiotics via IV Every 8 hours... Cannot type! Use my iPad and pen...
Hugs,
Mariette

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is an awful lot of feed!
One of our cats bit me in my finger when I did grab him away from a chipmunk that he brought inside. Chip lives and I ended up with a painful swollen hand and need to stay at least 48 hours in the hospital; antibiotics via IV Every 8 hours... Cannot type! Use my iPad and pen...
Hugs,
Mariette

Adam Tilt said...

Love your Whistlers! Certainly not your average garden visitors. Hope you've got plenty of food ready.

barbara l. hale said...

Guess they were hungry last year! I see what you mean about wanting them to move on, but I hope a few of them stick around. Selfish of me, I know, but...

Cloudia said...

Call the sheriff!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^= . <3

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I wouldn't want to be those adults, outnumbered by the teenagers!

Stephen Hayes said...

You might be screwed! Word has probably gotten out on Whistler Facebook pages that you provide free food, so why fly south?

Tanya Breese said...

lol "their texas winter layover" :)

Lynne said...

Like the book,
Make Way For Ducklings . . .
This one is . . .
MAKE WAY FOR THE WHISTLERS

Our photos said...

Nice ! I love the first one (all the noses in one direction !)

Inger said...

They're not dumb, they will remember the feed and stay over.

eileeninmd said...

So cute, great shots of these cuties.. I do not know, it could be they remember where the good food is kept and show up again..

Lynn said...

You're their Sugar Momma:@)

Stephanie said...

Fabulous shots!

bailey-road.com said...

They know where to get a good meal.

ann nz said...

blue beaks, pink beaks, do they changed colours when they grow older.

Pom Pom said...

They lined up well for you! Many geese end up staying here. I like seeing them around, but I don't have them by the house, waiting for food! That's a lot of scratch.

Paula said...

They like your resort. Good food, nice places to perch. What more could a Whistler ask for?

Red said...

They'll remember a good place to eat and probably tell their friends.

Marie said...

They are so cute! I hope they don't overwinter and eat you out of house and home! :-)

Cindy said...

They will probably wait until they suspect there is no reason to stay another day, lovely pictures

Felicia said...

I like the young'uns blue bills.

Randy said...

Looks like a tough group.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

In the first photo, they look like a choir getting ready to perform. :-)

Barb said...

You are too good to them. I wonder what's grabbing their attention? Are the dogs out?

KB Bear said...

I think they stay for the winter because they want to be internet stars!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

They're quite comical looking... especially the youngsters!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

They remind me of a little gang! Ha! Love these guys!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

I remember your post from last year and loved following their growth and journey. Hoping this batch will move on this winter as well but who knows perhaps the word is out you have good snacks :)

Linda said...

They like your bird food!

Bethany Carson said...

They are handsome birds for sure!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Sounds like Whistlers are smart little ducks!! Why fly hundred of miles south when you have all the GREAT eating right here!!! They're so adorable!!
Down on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, GA - there are a zillion Canadian Geese. Everyone goes down to the river to feed the geese!!
Why fly when you have all you need right at home!! They're probably too fat to fly far anyway!!

Paul said...

Ha ha, they remind me of a bunch of self conscious teenagers standing around with their hands in their pockets on a Saturday night...

Rita said...

You're too good to them so they stick around--LOL! They know a good thing. ;) I love that a few adults still watch over the teenagers.

Karen said...

I wuv them!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

They love your hospitality! You might have to put them to work starring in their own book! They can work for scratch!

Lynn said...

Aren't they too sweet, I have not noticed that lovely black strip down their necks...I wonder why that huge group stuck around last Winter.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Nice congregation of puzzled looking whistlers !

Liz said...

Your Whistlers are always a delight!

Mary Kirkland said...

aww babies, how cute.

Anni said...

stock up for next winter. If it goes the same as we have for our little tiny feeder, the birds return...they remember.

Your feeding them, seriously, has entertained us thoroughly tho.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow Wow; what a big number of guests♡♡♡ Must be spectacular view, Theresa.
Yes, I also wondered what would be catching their attention to their left :-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Roan said...

Cute youngsters!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

The youngsters are adorable!

Debbie said...

They stay for the free food....and the paparazzi!!

Rose said...

That's a lot of scratch...I bet you were constantly hauling food for the birds.

Filip Demuinck said...

That's a nce group on the first two pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

I think the Whistlers are my favorite! they are beautiful!

SweetMarie said...

I always love your Whistlers. :) I didn't remember that they hung around all winter last year, that's a lot of food!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

What are they looking for for???.. Fine!!!..

Indrani said...

How cute all looking in the same direction. :)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I saw someone mention in their comment above about naming a cafe, which brought to mind a cafe we have here in Indiana - the "Whistle Stop Cafe." Yours could be the "Whistler Stop Cafe." :D But yes, let's hope you don't have a repeat of last winter's hordes!

They sure are cute, though!

Lindy

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Ah! Really like the shots...

Brian King said...

The kids look even goofier than mom and dad!

pattisjarrett said...

They have you to thank for all those wonderful young ones. :)

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