Aww!
Tiny bird makes adorably crazy sounds at feeder trying to scare away cardinal
Aww, little guy is doing his best.
Eduardo Gaskell
06.14.22

This back yard bird feeder in Ontario, Canada literally gives viewers a bird’s eye view of all the happenings going on.

Birds, while really fun watch, often move too fast for the naked human eye so we rarely catch them during their more private moments.

Now being a public space in a sense, this bird feeder attracts all sorts of birds.

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And with an abundance of nuts, these winged warriors flex their wings knowing they must grab their food to go, finding shelter in the nearby pine trees and then returning for more.

In the animal world, bigger is often better. But smaller creatures have unique ways of getting around their larger counterparts.

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This dark eyed junco is doing just that as he flies in and out among the bigger cardinals who are also trying to get as much food as they can seeing as the winter does make it more difficult to find nourishment.

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All About Birds describes the junco as,

“… neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter. They’re easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and the bright white tail feathers they habitually flash in flight.”

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But there’s something else that makes these little birds so unique.

Listen to this junco as he flies in and sees other birds. He’s the one making that pew! pew! pew! sounds! It really does sound like a Stormtrooper’s blaster from Star Wars and those cardinals are just rebel scum.

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He hops around the feeder helping himself to as much food as he can and when he sees another bird about to make a landing, he starts “blasting” again!

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But those cardinals are really beautiful birds, aren’t they? You can still see them in the trees when they fly back and rest on the branches. All About Birds speak of their beauty as well.

“They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.”

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That neon orange-red one looks so cool!

Those cardinals and this junco have the same diet, feeding on seeds and nuts.

It’s not like they’re fighting over the food though, it’s just that this little junco prefers to be alone when he’s eating. Like most of us.

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Some of the cardinals get to eat anyway. These birds know it’s all about survival and there’s plenty to go around.

Plus it’s a fantastic way of showing off. That beak blaster sounds so wicked against those flashy cardinals!

This is one backyard sighting anyone would love to have! Check out these birds below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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