Dining Alone

This Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up yesterday and left little room for doubt that he would be dining alone.

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The recipient of his “Don’t mess with me!” attitude was this Gray Catbird, who was already on the branch when the Woodpecker arrived.  I took a couple pictures of him, but chose to include this one because it shows the rusty rear patch that is usually hidden away, tucked beneath his tail feathers.

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Now, “first come, first served” is an acceptable practice in the people world, but in the bird world, it’s “the longer beak moves you up on the reservation list.”

The Red-bellied commandeered the branch and ate his fill, never letting down his guard…

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… then once he had flown away, the Catbird returned and enjoyed the leftovers.

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Never a dull moment when it comes to backyard dining!

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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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9 Responses to Dining Alone

  1. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful clear pics Kathy, always a treat to see your colourful birds!

  2. Jodi says:

    Wow! Great shots Kathy! We have these visiting our bird feeders, but I have never capture such amazing shots. Beautiful!

  3. Gordon Ramsay as a red-bellied woodpecker with attitude …. yep, I can see it… 😉

  4. People often talk negatively about “bully birds” — blue jays often seem to get that title, although I’ve never witnessed them behaving like that. But for some reason, I admire the red-bellied woodpeckers for their more aggressive behaviors. I have even seen them scoot a chipmunk from the top of the stump feeder, which always makes me laugh.

  5. kathydoremus says:

    I think this fellow was more beak than bite!

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