Manly Yes, But She Likes It Too

The male Red-bellied Woodpecker that hangs about my backyard is addicted to Bark Butter.  He is probably the most frequent feeder on this delicacy.

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Occasionally (and can’t we all relate!) he gets this peanut butter-like spread stuck on the roof of his mouth and needs to use his tongue to scrape it off.


And without fail, right before he flies off, he shovels a heaping helping into his beak to enjoy at another location.  I guess he likes the dine-in/carryout combo!


Now although this food is a favorite of the male, the sweet female also finds it quite appetizing.

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Reminds me of the old Irish Spring commercial.  Can’t you almost hear her saying, “Manly, yes – But I like it too!”

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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13 Responses to Manly Yes, But She Likes It Too

  1. aussiebirder says:

    What a beautiful bird Kathy!

  2. Dennis says:

    What a beautiful bird…. our woodpeckers look very different in Germany.

  3. GarimaBhaskar says:

    Beautiful pictures

  4. Sue says:

    Interesting observation, Kathy. The southern look-alike (and probably close relative) Golden-fronted Woodpecker is a peanut butter-suet fan too, and is aggressive enough to maintain control of its distribution quite well. What do you know, I found a paper showing hybridization of these two species where their ranges overlap in Oklahoma or eastern Texas. So they really are close relatives.

  5. Jodi says:

    Lol. Thinking of that old commercial.

  6. Tiny says:

    A beautiful couple! Love the ‘scraping tongue’ picture.

  7. Inger says:

    What a beauty – great captures! 🙂

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