Wednesday, 23 March 2022

FIRECREST, ROBIN, and FIELD MOUSE.

The Firecrest continues to visit my bedroom balcony. Here are a few captures of this charming little bird., which belongs to the kinglet family. It is one of the brightest, colourful European birds.



They eat small morsels, like spiders, moth eggs, and other insect food ...


but on my balcony they eat cake crumbs...


and finely chopped peanuts.


One day I hope to capture it on a  fine sunny day, as all my photos have been taken on dull days, which really doesn't do it justice.


The robin also eats cake crumbs and finely chopped peanuts....


as does the field mouse.


Two captures of this little gem. I have just had the thought, that as the weather warms up and there are more insects available, perhaps I won't see it again....


but I hope that is not the case.


37 comments:

sami niilola said...

Wow, what visitors. Fantastic. Have a nice evening.

MadSnapper said...

I love love love the mouse!!! the birds are beautiful and colorful the mouse is just toooo cute for words. love his litle hears. he must have heard the words "well let them eat cake" in this case, cake crumbs.

Marit said...

Hello Sonjia,

As always wonderful photos from your balcony. The robin is one if my favorite birds here. Your capture of the robin and the fieldmouse are so pretty. I have a lot of fieldmouse around here, and I think they are very sweet.
Have a nice evening!

Hugs from Marit

Richard Pegler said...

Hi Sonjia. It is a few years since I last saw a Firecrest, so I am very envious of you having one regularly visiting your balcony. I hope that it continues to grace you with its presence for a long while to come.

And, like you, I have just had another thought - I'm also envious of you having a bedroom balcony!!! ;-}

Best wishes - stay safe - - - Richard

Mike Attwood said...

You have given them a source of food Sonjia, they will be back. Take care,
Mike.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those adorable birds won't get cake crumbs out in the forest! I'm sure they will continue to visit. I think your pictures are wonderful.

Irma said...

The photos of the Firecrest are great, you hardly ever see them here.
Where there is one mouse, there are often several.
Greetings Irma

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sonjia,
Beautiful bird, I love the sweet Robin and Firecrest. The mouse is cute too.
Great photos. Take care, have a happy day!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Your balcony is like a little nature reserve, Sonjia. I expect that pretty soon the avian visitors will be preoccupied with breeding, and cake crumbs will not provide the nourishment the female will need to produce eggs. A little suet might be a better choice, although that may not be practical in your hot climate. Enjoy all the creatures that come to visit you. They are delightful. Hugs from Ontario, David

Jeevan said...

Lovely capture of the birds and the cute little field mouse! I think humans continue to influence the habits of birds and other animals by feeding them what we eat. We are sensitive when it comes to feeding animals and birds, and it is acceptable to feed those who have been domesticated or rely on human habitation for a living. Feeding wild animals or those in the forest, on the other hand, will disrupt their natural eating habits.
Just thought of sharing :)

Mae Travels said...

Very pretty little creatures you have in your photos! Maybe the muted light actually creates nice images.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Calendula said...

That's great! Your balcony is well visited by all kinds of wildlife!

This N That said...

It's nice that we have nature to entertain us...Enjoy

Jeanie said...

Your birds are so lovely! And that sweet mouse! (they're always sweet when they are not IN the house!) Lovely photos all, and thanks so much for your visit!

Betty said...

such a pretty little bird, you have some good pictures there. These little creatures must have to eat constantly to keep their energy levels up.

Teresa said...

Preciosas tus fotografías, me encantaron todas. Besos.

Jenn Jilks said...

These are so sweet!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sonjia,
You are lucky to see these sweet birds in your garden. The Firecrest and the Robin are both beautiful birds. The mouse is happy finding some food to eat. Wonderful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The birds are adorned in their Spring colors! And the little mouse is even cute. We love to feed the birds too. Enjoy your weekend!

magiceye said...

All such cuties!

Phil Slade said...

The Firecrest. I see rarely, especially here in Lancashire where our group have ringed just one in thirty odd years! I must invest in a packet of cake crumbs for the ringing station.

The little field mouse is beautiful, an animal I rarely see, as rare as a Firecrest - yes.

Enjoy your weekend Sonjia. And keep those pictures coming.

Tom said...

...field mice are fine, but when they become house mice, I have a problem! Thanks my friend.

Bill said...

Beautiful photos and critters. I love the little mouse eating some crumbs too.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful macro shots of our 'feathered friends' ~ Xo

Wishing you laughter and love in all your days,

A ShutterBug Explores ~
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Sonjia, the Firecrest is prefect, and little Field Mouse a treasure, thanks.

Debbie said...

your birds are so beautiful and you have captured them in all of their glory. you take good care of them, they will always come and visit!!

i enjoyed seeing the little mouse, it is so cute and almost stole the show!! have a wonderful weekend!!

RedPat said...

The Firecrest is so sweet. I love the yellow stripe on top of his head. Such good pics of all the creatures on your balcony.

La Biosfera de Lola said...

Hola Sonjia. Que maravillosos visitantes tiene tu jardín, los Reyezuelos son aves muy inquietas y es difícil fotografiarlas, el ratoncito también es precioso. Besos y abrazos.

Penelope Notes said...

The birds are truly wonderful but the little field mouse captured my heart!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Great pictures!
Love from Titti

Nancy Chan said...

Wonderful to have the cute birds and mouse as visitors. Have a great new week.

Anni said...

As always, extraordinary birds (and adorable mouse)!!

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!

~Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love all your various critters. Except maybe the field mouse. When I find them in the garage I take my broom and sweep them out.

betty-NZ said...

Such lovely little creatures! It's so nice to have them close enough to photograph.

Rostrose said...

You get such nice, delightful visitors on your balcony and in your garden - whether the photos were taken in sunshine or on a gray day doesn't matter - they just bring joy!
All the best,
Traude
https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/03/italien-reisebericht-perugia-und-assisi.html

Amila said...

All these photos are beautiful. It is interesting that you can watch beautiful birds from the balcony. Lovely birds!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, what a great view to see the Firecrest. Such a sweet little one. We have a kinglet but I see them maybe once a year. So, that´s not much. The robin is a sweet one too. I used to see them quite often ot not the last two years. :(

Thanks for sharing.

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