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.
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.
Reminds me of the old Irish Spring commercial. Can’t you almost hear her saying, “Manly, yes – But I like it too!”
13 thoughts on “Manly Yes, But She Likes It Too”
What a beautiful bird Kathy!
What a beautiful bird…. our woodpeckers look very different in Germany.
I would love to visit Germany. My husband studied there years ago and said it was beautiful!
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.
I saw your Golden-fronted. Would love to see one in person. 🙂
Lol. Thinking of that old commercial.
I hope your mind said it in its best Irish accent!
Of course – LOL!
A beautiful couple! Love the ‘scraping tongue’ picture.
What a beauty – great captures! 🙂
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