The Battle of the Birds

This afternoon, I plan to be glued to the television set, watching the battle of the birds, as my hometown Falcons take on the Seattle Seahawks.

Well, yesterday afternoon I got a bit of a sneak preview, as a battle of the birds took place in my own backyard.  It all started innocently enough, when a Carolina Wren landed on the Bark Butter branch, intent on grabbing a bite to eat.


He had only taken a couple of nibbles when a bossy Robin came swooping in to claim the branch as his own.


The Robin didn’t even have a chance to get a bite before a Red-bellied Woodpecker arrived on the scene, clearly proclaiming that he would now be the one partaking of this coveted delicacy.


He perched there acting all snarley-beaked for a second, and then proceeded to help himself to the Bark Butter.

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The Robin didn’t fly far, but merely relocated to the end of the branch, watching and waiting, wearing a rather perturbed expression.

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When the Woodpecker was finished, the Robin quickly resumed his place on the branch…


…and once he had eaten his fill, he assumed the stance of a sentry, warding off all other potential Bark Butter partakers.


Meanwhile, a wise Warbler chose the branch less taken, and gobbled to his heart’s content on the other end of the deck.


I hope my Falcons are as feisty as my backyard birds!


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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15 Responses to The Battle of the Birds

  1. Pete Hillman says:

    Amazing images and drama, Kathy!

  2. A real treat! Thanks for sharing these antics. Enjoy the game.

  3. Jodi says:

    Good luck to yours falcons. Our Steelers play tomorrow !

  4. Vicki says:

    wonderful series..

  5. Jill Kuhn says:

    Go Seahawks! 🎉 Sorry Kathy, I do have to support our local team! Lol! 😉 Your bark butter sure is a hit with the birds! 💕😃

  6. Tiny says:

    Your bark butter provides for a never-ending entertainment, for you and for us too 🙂

  7. A great set of photos! You have so many beautiful bird friends!

  8. Love this action series playing “king of the branch”! Must be some really good tasting bark butter!

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