A Young Mr. Cranky?!?

Earlier this week I was watching a juvenile spoonbill and white ibis feeding together in the salt marsh and they seemed to be getting along just fine. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, the spoonbill just reached over and snapped at the leg of the ibis! The ibis appeared quite startled by this unprovoked act and quickly moved over and got out of the spoonie’s way. The spoonbill however went right back to feeding as if the whole thing never happened.

This immediately reminded me of a certain other grumpy individual who has been well known to nip at another bird’s tail or leg with no provocation. So could this be a future Mr. Cranky in the making?! I plan to keep a very close eye on this young upstart. 🙂 

Young Mister Cranky

Young Mister Cranky

Young Mister Cranky

Young Mister Cranky

Young Mister Cranky

29 thoughts on “A Young Mr. Cranky?!?

    • He must have been paying close attention and taking notes from the head crank before he flew off for the season. Might be next June or July before I see the original Mr. Cranky again.

  1. How rude! 🙂 I don’t mean to laugh, but I laughed so hard when I saw Baby Cranky biting that ibis’s leg! It’s interesting how the young ‘un spoonbill’s look.

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