Did you ever look at someone and make a wrong assumption about them simply because of the way they looked? I’ve (sadly) done it with people, and this past week, I did it with a bird.
It was with this young Red-bellied Woodpecker that’s been showing up looking all aggressive with his open-beaked attitude.
But the thing is, as I watched him over the course of a couple of days, I realized that I had misjudged the fellow. (I am calling him a fellow because I see a hint of more head red on its way, but it could be a gal.) It would seem that his aggressive appearance is not because he is intent on looking menacing, but because he has some sort of defect or injury where he can’t fully close his beak.
But that hasn’t stopped him from finding a way to enjoy the Bark Butter. he simply scoops it a little more sideways and then uses his tongue and gravity to push it farther back in his mouth.
He really is a fascinating fellow to watch, and you can’t help but admire his determination.
By the way (and this should come as not surprise to those of you who are regulars!) I named him Dennis…as in the menace…as in he looks menacing…Hey! No judging!