Hagridden (A Word Nerd Post)

Hagridden. It means tormented or harassed.
I stumbled across this word the other day and have been waiting for a chance to use it. And yes – I freely confess that I’m not just a bird nerd; I’m a bit of a word nerd too.

So – here goes –

The young red-bellied woodpeckers that visit my backyard are often hagridden by their protective parents. A typical scenario goes something like what I saw today.

A mother woodpecker (pictured below) arrived in search food.


Before coming to the feeders, she placed her youngster in the safety of a tree a good distance away and told him to stay put.

This little guy (isn’t he adorable!) decided to ignore Mom’s instructions and ventured too close for her comfort. When she saw his misbehavior, she rushed to him and pecked at him rather fiercely, all the while squawking her displeasure. Then they flew off to the outskirts of the yard.


The red-bellied parents may seem like harsh disciplinarians as they hagride (I snuck in the verb form) their little ones, but it’s really just “tough love.” If the youngsters were allowed to wander about out in the open they would be easy prey. And besides, don’t all good parents hagride their children just a bit?

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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4 Responses to Hagridden (A Word Nerd Post)

  1. What a neat word. I can think of a few places I could us this word but… better not.
    He is a cute little woodpecker, and he is adorable. Those bird mothers sure run a tight ship!


  2. Sue says:

    When I read your title, I thought this post was going to be about Harry Potter’s Hagrid. Cute youngster!

  3. Adorable post – and adorable baby red-bellied!

  4. kathydoremus says:

    Around our house we call young Red-bellied Woodpeckers “awkwards” – and yet, there’s no denying they are cute.

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