Knowing Your Place in the Pecking Order

If you spend any time on my back deck watching the birds, it doesn’t take long to see that there is an obvious pecking order.

For example, this male Downy Woodpecker showed up to enjoy a late lunch…


…only to have his meal rudely interrupted by a male Red-bellied Woodpecker – clearly ranking higher in the pecking order.


This female Bluebird was happily munching…


…until this Robin barged in like a bully, fussing and wing flapping until she flew away.


At one point, all of the birds scurried away at once; a clear indication that this fellow, who sits atop of the pecking order, had arrived.

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He (A Red-shouldered Hawk, by the way) wedged himself into a maze of branches on the far side of the yard, and scoured the area in hopes of finding some easy prey.  Once he finally flew off, it was back to business as usual, with one bird after another battling for perching privileges.


Never a dull moment!


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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24 Responses to Knowing Your Place in the Pecking Order

  1. aussiebirder says:

    When I see birds scurry like that I immediately look up for a raptor, which proved the case for you, though it had landed nearby. Often if I hear birds making a loud racket, especially the Cockatoos, there will be a curling raptor. Love your hawk pic Kathy😊

  2. Snehal Kank says:

    That was an awesome treat 😍 I always enjoy reading your description with photos 💜

  3. Yes, they can be territorial. Beautiful birds, especially the red shoulder hawk. Nice shots!

  4. Jodi says:

    WOW – a Hawk right there up close! I love the eye of the robin! Had never seen or noticed that on a robin. 🙂

  5. Mary says:

    Those hawk photos are magnificent!

  6. Hierarchy everywhere. Wonderful shots!

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    Hawks do have a way of scattering the flock! Beautiful photos Kathy!! 🐦💕

  8. Sheila Moss says:

    Great shots and love your interesting observations.

  9. Sue says:

    And you can really see those red shoulders on the RSHA– what great photos!

  10. Great photos of some pretty birds!

  11. Trail Walker says:

    A great photo story, Kathy, and so true as to the pecking order.

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