Later today, people all over the United States will be grabbing their chips and dip, turning on their televisions, and watching while the Panthers battle the Broncos in the fiftieth finale of the NFL season.
While today is indeed Super Bowl Sunday, I’m pretty sure yesterday must have been Super Bird Saturday – at least in my backyard. All kinds of fierce competition was taking place.
First was a dirt digging contest, where the bird to emerge with the dirtiest beak was declared the winner. The Brown Thrasher was the clear victor, with the Robin coming in a close second.
In another section of the yard, the Butter-Butt Branch Battle was taking place. This was an all day event, where the male Yellow-rumped Warblers tried to claim the “Lord of the Limb” title by swooping down and chasing each other away from the coveted territory.
One would land on the branch and vigilantly look about, hoping to retain his perch.
Then, from out of nowhere, another would dive down and claim the spot as his own.
This event was still going on when I left, so I have yet to find out who won.
In the midst of the festivities, a peanut eating contest was also taking place. It honestly wasn’t much of a competition, as most of the other birds forfeited once team Blue Jay showed up.
A number of birds were also participating in some sort of drinking game. At first I thought it was a solo event…
but somewhere along the way, it turned into a group activity. Hey, the more the merrier, right?
The Scavenger Hunt was another popular event at the Super Bird Saturday competition. At first I thought this White-breasted Nuthatch just might be the winner…
but once word got around that the prize was peanuts…you guessed it…this event went to team Blue Jay as well!
Throughout the day’s contests, the Mockingbird was the self-appointed director of rules and regulations; but despite his bossy demeanor, no one paid him much attention.
In addition to the active participants, a number of birds served as spectators – like this Bluebird who was eagerly cheering…
…and this Red-bellied Woodpecker, who was taunting and jeering!
Now I love Super Bowl Sunday, and I’m sure the game will be fun to watch, but I can’t imagine I will enjoy it as much as I did Super Bird Saturday! I’m definitely a fan!