The Food or the Female?

Every time I turned around yesterday, this fine fellow was occupying the Bark Butter branch.


He was a bit more alert and aggressive than usual, which at first made me think he was simply declaring the territory as his own.


But when he kept fluffing up his breast feathers I began to suspect that a lovely lady must be in the vicinity.

Sure enough – it wasn’t long before this sweet gal showed up.

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I’m not sure whether the food or the female was the reason for his constant presence, though I suspect it was a combination of the two; I just hope they both are regular visitors over the winter months!



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