I was a psychotherapist before I took early retirement, and among other things, I specialized in the group treatment of anger and violence.
So, it is with no small irony, that I present to you the untreatable Bickersons, who have moved in to the former peace and quiet of Hollerdom, turning it into a downright Hollerfest!
Man, do these birds bicker! This is one cranky lady Oriole, and she is certainly giving this guy a piece of her mind.
The guys, hang around drinking nectar, and soon they too, come to words.
When the ladies get involved, it’s hard to hear what anyone is saying with all the squawking going on!
At least they never resort to actual fighting. The hummingbirds could learn a thing or three about this, but they don’t seem open to feedback.
These birds started out so shy, but as you can see now, they are quite at home at The Holler!
Cheers to you from the beautiful, bickersome, but highly entertaining, Holler Hooded Orioles~
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Wow lady arrives and they ALL have their own comments huh? very chatty indeed! Beautiful captures 🙂
They are hilarious! The males do this head raising and bobbing ritual when several are present, that is really quite beautiful and amazing~
lol they all have their stories to tell the females huh!
I can almost hear them, your photos are so brilliantly clear. They remind me of some human families who are happy to be bickering and hollering. 🙂
That is the good thing about The Holler, the human bickerers are too far away to hear! 😉
Great pictures. They’ve luckily, not yet moved to the mountain. Air might be too thin, here.
Beautiful photos of Hooded Orioles! My son and I enjoyed these…and LOL at your description of their bickering! We occasionally leave oranges out for our Baltimore Orioles but they never come for them. Sometimes a butterfly will feed on the oranges but even that is rare.
Say hi to your son and thell him that now we are having new bird species showing up that are sending me scrambling for identification! What fun~
Another batch of great photos! Love them! Hugs, N 🙂 <3
So pleased you do and hugs back to you Natalie~
what beautiful birds these are!…lucky you!
They are so indredibly gorgeous and they used to be soooo shy! 😉
It appears they are there to chat, not to eat! But isn’t life marvellous, just look at those colours their birds are wearing. How beautiful are they all.
They are just gorgeous and so much fun to watch, but I do think you are right, they seem to like the errrrr…..conversation, more than the oranges!
What glorious looking but very noisy neighbours.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Yes, but they go to sleep promptly at 8pm so they are really ideal neighbors! 😉
Noisy critters, huh? 🙂 But, they sure are pretty ones, too. Bet, you wish for some peace and quiet with them around. Interesting that you shared that you were once a therapist. I have been working with a therapist for three weeks now after having my right knee joint replacement surgery over 3 weeks ago. I am doing well with therapy and getting my knee totally straight (to 0 degree) and a good bend now (120 degree). It is still painful at times but happy with the progress. Enjoy your retirement, Cindy.
I don’t think I am the same sort of therapist. I am a psychotherapist, but I hope your knee gets better. I’m sure the recovery is no fun, but I hear the outcome can be well worth it! I hope you heal quickly~
Thanks. I am doing much better with the right knee this time than I did with the left knee when that joint replacement surgery was done almost four years ago.
Eeeesch, so you know what to do and expect……
I was going to mention those bickering hummingbirds, but you beat me to it! They’re beautiful despite their personalities 🙂
Actually, they may bicker but they are lovely, sociable birds, They just like their arguments!
Wow, how you getting through all the bickering?
I think I need a therapist…. 😉
So much for peace and quiet getting home. HaHa
This kinda bickering I actually like though! The birdie kind~
“Hahaha! It’s a sitcom..”The Bickerson’s” Luv these birds. I’ve never seen one, but it would sure be neat to hear them bicker.
They are actually delightful birds! They do bicker, a lot, but it quiet, kinda like a rapid clicking. I just love having them here obviously, since I attract them with oranges!
Beautiful photographs of beautiful bickering birds. It must be such fun to have them around, and to photograph them.
It is SO much fun. It is like the audoban garden here at The Holler. Now I’m putting out nuts for the pileated woodpeckers who seem sad they don’t have their own feed dish. Laughing………but, it’s true!
Beautiful, if noisy, colourful birds. I was interested in seeing you put out halved oranges for them.
Interesting to hear that you worked in anger management too, Cindy.
Yes, I adore these birds and I attract them with oranges. They are notoriously shy birds, so it is really wonderful they have become so comfortable at The Holler. We all get a lot of entertainment out of watching their antics!
Your emoticons are getting better and better and more and more mysterious too……
Gracias, my friend! \(≧‿≦)/
Very funny. Love the photo of the three birds nattering away.
Aren’t they hilarious. So much fun to watch them!
Beautiful shots ❤️ And love the back story to the bickering birds of the holler 😄😎
Yes, The Holler is supposed to be a bicker free zone, but tell that to the birds! 😉
Hahaha, in the second photo from the top, I can hear the female yelling to the male, “Hey! Hey!!! Look at me when I’m talking to you!” She seems as feisty as my Nikita! Good on you Cindy for spoiling all the birds in your area! Oranges! Yum! (I actually bought a bags of ice and distributed the ice into the crevices of rocks in our yard, so the birds and critters would have more water sources this summer.) 😛 <3 ~Lynn
Yep, you and I have our priorities straight! <3 <3
You make these captures look easy, Cindy, and I’m sure they’re not.
Thank you! They are actually easy, if you love birds~
I wish we could translate their banter into English!
It is so good we can’t, it would seem too much like us!;)
Great post, Cindy! Have a terrific weekend!
You too, enjoy the San Diego sunshine!
Thanks so much, Cindy! 🙂
Their body language speaks volumes !!! And aren’t they gorgeous…
Yes, to both perceptions!
There you have again made beautiful photos.
Awww, motivates me to keep on clicking! Thank you~
Beautiful captures Cindy
The subjects themselves gave me a distinct advantage but thanks much & cheers to you~
Perhaps they feel safe to bicker at the Holler because there is an expert on hand who could sort things out if needed. 😉
Laughing, that’s IT!! I knew there was some nefarious reason! 😉 😉
Such stunning birds, Cindy! In the last photo, the wings look like a cape to me, making it look even more regal. So gorgeous.
He is just remarkarble isn’t he! At first, they were so shy, they would land for a few seconds and disappear, now they are here 24/7!
Klasse Fotos. L.G. Wolfgang
Froliche Wochenende Wolfgang!
Art-therapy – the vehicle of my choice … 🙂
And many thanks for those wonderfully beautiful pictures of our flying comrades. 🙂
Yes, art therapy always works and it’s free! 🙂
What a splendid collection of images, and such beautiful birds, too.
They are beautiful, but your photos capture them in mid-screech…I can almost hear it. Lovely. ❤️
Thank you, they are so funny. Birds in flocks always remind me of certain aspects of people……
I just thought about the old comedy radio show “The Bickersons”..my folks used to talk about it..from the 1940’s.
Great photos, as usual! I love to watch when the birds around our feeder chatter and argue, too–and also the birds in our neighborhood. I have the windows open right now, and there’s quite a chorus going on. 🙂
My son said to me the other day, “What will you do if a bird flies in your open window?
This is where is sit blogging, and taking bird photos. I said, “That has never happened.”
The next day, a finch flew in the window, landed on the top of my laptop screen, with my staring in astonishment. He stayed there for a second, flew back out of the house, landed on the ground looking at me as if to ask, “Where was I? What just happened?”
Oh my! Great story–and I’m glad it had a happy ending. 🙂
Liebe Cindy, beste Grüße, Klaus
Vielen dank mein Freund!
Oh Cindy, you made me laugh! I love the second picture, the one of a couple. The male’s face says it all 🙂 Funny birds! Thank you for sharing – you made my morning 🙂
It is so anthropomorphic, I can’t believe it! There is a whole series of shots of this couple. The female is just verbally tearing into him, he first looks at her, then he starts to lean away from her, once he tries to speak up for himself, provoking more fury, so eventually he just turns away. Incredibly similar to the dynamics of some human couples.
I wish we understand more of the world around us. Who know what we would learn.
Beautiful pictures! I really like the last picture. That one guy with many cute ladies surrounded how could he leave the crowd.
Honestly, being yelled at like that? I am amazed he stays! 😉 😉
Perhaps, he is extremely patient 🙂
He would have to be and I hope it is worth it! 😉
Dear Cindy, your photographs of the Orioles and the captions under these photos are priceless, I love their conversations among themselves. Truly magnificent! 🙂
Awwww, honored and grateful for your kindness Ranu!
Wonderful to see these beautiful photos on Saturday morning. These captures are incredible 🙂 Thank you, Cindy! Have a great weekend. <3
Happiest of Sundays to you dear Amy!
You should invite them on an anger management seminar and could call it “From a screaming bird to a singing bird” – great post added some wonderful captures… 🙂
Wow! What a concept. This would be an excellent strategy to spread the bird word, and then I could blog about the effective intervention and it’s glorious results!
Beautiful pictures Cindy – makes me wish I would have put my feeder out!
It isn’t too late is it? I know some migrate down to the Gulf of Mexico and Belize, but they should still be here. The Holler ones stay year round……
Where do you live if I may ask? I love the feeder with the oranges, heard about it but never tried it. How long can the oranges be outside?
I leave them for 2 days, but by the time I change them, they are completely consumed, so they aren’t really out that long. I live in a rural, un-incorporated area north east of San Diego.
Absolutely amazing photographs. Beautiful and stunning. Thank you.
Awwww, thank you more for such a lovely comment!
Cindy, I just love this post. The photographs are incredible and your narrative made me laugh. I have both Orioles and Hummingbirds in my yard and every bit of what you wrote, rings true here too. What a wonderful sense of humour you have and advanced photography skills. I know I will enjoy reading here in the future. 🙂
You really need to start publishing. You have the most gorgeous photos, Cindy. Talk to National Geographic or something. I am always blown away by the beauty of your captures.
So kind and so appreciated Linda. Thank you my friend~ <3
I love this! You made me smile ear to ear and I thank you for that! Have a great weekend – doubt there will be much peace and quiet with these jabber jaws lol.
Yay, your comment just made me smile from ear to ear! 🙂 🙂
They are just gorgeous. So jealous!!!
I just can’t believe the change in their personalities! Initially they were so afraid of people, they would land for a second and disappear. Now, six of more will hang out on the feeder arguing for ages. I love they are less afraid now….
They have acclimated, imprinted and adjusted, lucky you!
Thanks, I love them of course…..
And now, they are your gift and your treasure~
Great post Cindy – so funny, talk about the true definition of Hollerdom! Beautiful shots ~
Exactly! I should have called it something else I guess! 😉
Great captures Cindy! I love the bickering story 🙂
I think these guys even beat out bluejays in the verbal venting category! 😉
I’ll take that bickering any time! Hilarious ~ I’m sure you enjoy the show, Cindy. Super captures!
It is so much fun. Now other birds come and sit on the roof to observe all the action. I just ordered nuts for the wookpeckers to draw them off the roof!
Love the accompanying story to your wonderful photographs Cindy ! Great job 🙂
Awwww, much appreciated and thank you!
Wow, what beautiful birds 🙂
They are gorgeous aren’t they!
No matter how noisy they can be, they are very beautiful and yes, that kind of neighbors are great, much different from the noisy, as lives here 😀
I agree with you 100%, give me bird bickering over human bickering anyday!
Golden beautiful – even if they are noisy…Beauty forgives many a thing…
Yep, I love them !
Very pleased you enjoyed & thanks you~
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So very kind of you and so very appreciated. Thank you and be well Sharon! <3
Obviously, no other bird species want s to invade their space. A beautiful, showy bird with an attitude. Love that opening picture, Cindy.❗️
Doesn’t he look pensive and sweet! <3
Awwww, thank you!
You need more birds!
Laughing, you would not even believe how many I am looking at right now! I have the Audoban garden! 😉
I love it! Your photos are always so focused. I’m not sure how you do it, but I sure enjoy.
So glad you do and thank you!
Your birds feel so secure at the Holler no wonder they all pass the word along…
My dest looks out on the side garden where all the feeders are, there must be a hundred birds. Now the pileated woodpeckers are coming closer. They are extremely shy birds, but so far I have gotten 3 good photos of them. Hoping for more!
Takes so much patience to get such good photos Cindy.
They are so beautiful with that yellow plumage!
Aren’t they just stunning birds!
They make the birds in my garden seem very plain
What gorgeous birds and it sounds like they are very entertaining, albeit noisy! Beautiful shots.
They are wonderful to watch! They bow their heads and then point their beaks in the air in unison! Hilarious……
Beautiful looking birds and nicely shot (what am I saying). 🙂
You are saying something very nice and I thank you!
Awwww, so appreciated!
no worries 🙂
I love your views!
Hard to beat the hummers and the orioles, I must admit!
I love your sense of humor with this post, Cindy. And the photos that accompany the story are absolutely breathtaking. I love to see the Orioles when we’re lucky enough to entice a few over to where I live, but I’ve never witnessed the bantering you’ve been able to capture. What a treat!
They are such sociable birds and I am enjoying watching all their posturing and displays. So pleased you enjoyed them and thank you too!
Hahaha. Great photos of The Bickersons, Cindy. You made me smile, remembering that series. 🙂
You remember! Wonderful! <3
So amusing! Thank you for the laugh!
If you laughed, I am happy! 🙂
Wow, what a brave career. One angry person turns me into a mouse, a group turn me into mercury. Love the birds and can forgive them at this distance. We have very quarrelsome magpies in our garden, though they do look splendid.
Yes, magpies are incredibly intelligent and fun birds to interact with. I enjoy them especially because I only see them when I travel. They seem to enjoy human attention, and give sticks and things as presents!
Gorgeous birds, lovely photos! Doesn’t seem to be much peace and quiet when they’re around, but hey, at least they’re not hurting each other, right?!
Exactly, they are really aren’t noisy birds, just a tad bickersome, but really entertaining to watch!
The three on the feeder make a great photo, posed perfectly.
I noticed the shadows they cast, did you get a shot with the full shadows included?
I think they are all hyped up on that sweet nectar.
They are like children that get too many lollies.
That is a layman’s diagnosis.
Could well be, and yes the shadow were mirror reflections. I thought about them, but eliminated them for the post as much as possible. I will look back at them and consider including the shadows. It was especially interesting to see the shadows of the birds in flight. Thanks for noticing this Jack and for the prompt! I will follow up on it and I appreciate it.
Those shadows looked so good I wanted to see more of them. Even at the expense of the composition. The way you presented the photos went well with the post. The way those birds were balanced made them the whole attraction. Adding the shadows would diminish the effect you achieved.
I would like to see how you follow up on this idea. I just take snap-shots but I like to l pay with shadows and reflections. You have probably noticed this in my blog photos. Pleased you found the shadows interesting too.
I love shadow and reflection. They fascinate me because they challenge our perceptive abilities to objectively observe. It’s like looking in a mirror. It’s you, but it’s not. I think all human perception may have this same filtering effect. In order to make sense of visual phenomona, our brain, through our eyes, filter what we recoginize and see. You are so perceptive to have noticed the shadows. You are right it would change the composition, but I have already been looking at them and considering due to your excellent feedback. Thank you Jack.
That’s so funny–I just love it!
Those lady orioles have some anger management and spousal communication issues! 😉
Such beautiful birds and I bet that bickering is loud and fill the air with life and noise.
I actually went online to the Audoban Society and listened to all the different vocalizations orioles make and played it for them!
Simply beautiful 🙂
They are stunningly beautiful birds!
Did you treat the angry or the ones who suffered from angry partners? Birds can be aggressive, can’t they? I never thought of them as angry, but you are no doubt right. Imagine how they must feel when a squirrel drives them away from a bird feeder!
In London I watched the foxes get a magpie. The magpie proceeded to taunt, bedevil, chase and pester the foxes for many hours. Magpies are in the corvid family. Corvids are being studied for their prodigious memory. They will remember the face of a person who does a bad thing to them for years! Birds definitely get angry, and may even hold grudges. Rather human like, no?
My cat was the same. He only came out for a charmed few, and the rest he remembered, and avoided. The animal world is fascinating. Enough to make me a vegetarian.
Now that also reminds me of people who study crows. They say the same things about crows. The crows even remembered his car — he was prone to climbing into nests, which they did NOT like. They would see his car in another part of town and scream at him. Must have made his life quite exciting. They also never forget someone who feeds them. They leave presents.
Yes. Exactly crows are corvids. They do not forgive and forget! 😉 I think we read some of the same studies. Woodpeckers can remember where they hide thousands of acorns. Can you imagine us doing this? Yes meat eating is becomming increasingly impossible for me too. I am moving away from it and not missing it. Did you read about the US dentist who lured a collared lion out a national park with meat, shot him with an arrow, and then killed him 40 hours later with a rifle. He has photos of himself with rhinos, leopards, and big horn sheep he shot with arrows. It is the first time I made a rude comment to someone online. I told him he is a small man. He is, a small man with big arrows, and no heart. He’s raising kids. I hope they can find a way to love and protect wildlife.
Howdy. Every time WP makes a change somewhere, the latest with their Reader –
it seems to mess up something else. Hope you are having a wonderful
season – cheers, Jules
I see you’ve been busy too – I spent some time in Kentucky (hubby had a job there) – and we’ll be going to your way (at least I think) this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the Blue Moon on the west coast.
Yes, they are fixing some of the deficits in the new reader format recently, I noticed, which is good. Welcome to the west coast, the moon is quite gorgeous, and I hope you have a wonderful visit! <3
Great photos Cindy! I hope those bickering birds calm down! 🙂
Not too much I hope! They are quite entertaining~ 😉
Great photos and beautiful birds even if they are noisy. Feeding birds can be very educational and entertaining, I am often surprised from my own experience when feeding birds just how seemingly angry and aggressive they can be.
They can be at times. I have never seen a fatal interaction though, and we have hundreds of birds at The Holler daily.
¡Parece que tienen mal genio! Hacen sonreir porque, en el fondo, se parecen a los humanos cuando defienden su espacio.
Si, exactamente! El comportamiento de rebano pajaro me recuerda de la conducta humana en grupos por lo que me encuentro tan interesante. Las aves son mucho menos daninos que los seres humanos, sin embargo, y en realidad no se llevan mejor.
Hahaha. That’s hilarious. Gotta love watching the way other creatures communicate and interact. Wonderful photos.
I also find this immensely entertaining and interesting. So happy we are in accord!
Cindy, I do believe there French cousins are in the lovely park-like garden beneath my bedroom window. While some do bicker, many have lovely voices and sing me awake.
They are pretty wonderful to live around aren’t they. They live so fully and completely every second, it helps us do the same!
Absolutely my friend!
Beautiful bird, noisy or not. Excellent photos too, Cindy. :@)
Yes they are lovely birds in every way!
Beautiful noisy birds. Everything seems loud here in Texas particularly the cicadas… Wonderful shots.
Cicadas can create quite the symphony can’t they! I have been places where they are extremely loud, but it is a soothing sound isn’t it! Thanks much & cheers~
A pair of bluebirds moved into a “decorative bird house” that has been hanging (unoccupied) on our deck for years. They don’t fight among themselves, we do not like when we come to sit on our deck. Fortunately, they should hatch and fledge their young in a few weeks. Amazing photos you got of the orioles. Our variety mostly hide in the trees.
I have an owl box that sounds like your bird house. It is on it’s second year with no owls. How exciting to be able to watch and photograph the bluebird’s nesting. I look forward to your photos!
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Awwwww, very pleased you enjoyed the orioles. They add a lot to our lives, bickering and all! Thanks much and cheers to you~
Beautiful post, beautiful pictures..
Just followed your wonderful blog.. 😉
Welcome and very pleased to meet you! Heading over to your blog now. Cheers & thank you~
Hi Cindy! I was unable to locate your “About” page so hope you don’t mind my posting this here. I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award. Here’s hoping you will accept. The award and rules are at;
Oh, I am honored and so appreciative! Thank you for your kindness and congratulations for the most well deserved award! Cheers to you and be well~
ich bitte um Sonne, alles Gute für dich, Klaus
Guten Tag Klaus und vielen dank mein Freund!
alles Gute und danke
Been another busy period. I just don’t seem to have any time of my own anymore. The job jar is always full, and when it isn’t, the kids/grandkids want/need something, so I’m left with fleeting moments to read, write ???, and visit with friends (and cousins). The orioles are beautiful birds, but, as you note, bicker a lot, and there are neighbors down the street that are bad enough, I wouldn’t want that scenario in my back yard !!!! Ha ! 🙂 Hugs.
The human bickering is much harder to take isn’t it cuz? I am not surprised you are busy, you have so many interests and abilities, and of course family is a first priority. No worries. We are here, waiting until you have time. Be well cuz and enjoy the sunshine! <3
Wonderful photos. What a show. Nothing like them here!
They are pretty spectacular birdies! Thank you~
I love orioles and when I was growing up we saw some Baltimore Orioles around in the Sandusky, Ohio area. I am not sure if I have seen any lately, Cindy. I wished to let you know I hope you don’t mind a little advertising, I am posting tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29, 2015) my August calendar. I like to do this mid-week usually to help boost views and also, prepare my readers, fellow bloggers to upcoming events. Like the full moon on July 31st into August 1st has a big musical event going on in New York City, so needed to get people’s traveling arrangements into consideration. 🙂 I mention your blog due to a beautiful quote I found about hummingbirds and your posts always are so beautiful, Cindy. No one’s birds and creatures are more lovely. Thanks for your unspoken agreement to this, since I don’t post photos I just send them to check out your Holler hummingbirds. Hugs, Robin
Did you know my former aunt in law was a Sandusky from Sandusky? You are so kind Robin and courteous too. Thank you my friend for you continuous kindess! <3 <3
Cindy, you truly have the most beautiful and interesting birds at the “Holler”. They are bickering!
Yep. They are doing it right now too! I am watching them~
What a nice color combo – just the right balance of each color!
They really are spectacular looking aren’t they!
No rest for the wicked as they say!! 🙂
Laughing, they do at least go to bed quite early! 😉
That must be a blessing some days!!
hahaha – what a great post. And such beautiful birds!
Yep they are beauties. I am quite partial to them, and they are getting more and more comfortable around us!
I love this, Cindy. It’s fun (But I don’t have to hear the racket…)
They actually are not loud and are lots of fun to watch!
Superb shots and funny too. 🙂 Just where ist this, Cindy?
Thanks, The Holler is in an unicorporated rural area, north east of San Diego.
What have they to squawk about, Cindy? Free food, pleasant surroundings and wonderful company! 🙂
I think they just like to talk! 😉
I love it Cindy…you captured them so very well…you always have that magic touch!
Thank you Wendell, these birds are so gorgeous, it would be really hard to take a bad click!
Those yellow birds are absolutely so stunning. They are so yellow! Yellow is my Dad’s favourite colour and I currently have a huge bunch of daffodils on my kitchen table. My grandfather gave me a daffodil in a pot as a child for my birthday and I’ve never forgotten. xx Rowena
Yellow is such a happy, positive color. I love it too and these birds are just simply gorgeous! So glad you agree! <3
The set of the squawkers on the feeder is awesome.
Aren’t they remarkable! I love them and hope they will over winter here.
Psychotherapist? Remind me to be quiet if we meet! 🙂
Or as my accountant used to list my occupation on my tax returns, psycho therapist! 😉 😉
Those are fearsome looking beaks – glad they limit their disagreements to ‘words’!
They are nectar drinkers, so those beaks are just for getting into flowers. They bicker but don’t really fight~
Wow Cindy, we have such a similar path, yet so different. Thanks for showing your expertise through the grandeur of nature. <3
Thank you Sheri and wonderful to hear from you my friend. It’s nice to know our paths in life are still unfolding isn’t it! <3 <3
It sure is! I’m sorry I’ve been off the grid. Getting married. Having heart surgery (I’m good), and experiencing a growing practice has made blogging a bit more difficult and following (in a sincerely genuine fashion) my blogger friends very difficult. But I always love to see what you are up to. So glad to have stopped in! ❤️❤️❤️
I knew about the marriage and am very happy for you both, but not the heart surgery. Heart surgery is traumatic even with the best possible outcomes. Rest well and be well my dear friend. <3
They are pretty even if they are noisy.
They really aren’t loud. They bicker quietly!
What a great post! I had to chuckle thinking about these birds raising a ruckus in your yard 😄.
Yes, they make me laugh most everyday, they are such a bickersome bunch!
Well what could be better, retiring early and having such marvelous daily entertainment right outside your door!