Fight, Flight, or Out of Sight

The diminutive Downy Woodpecker is a delightful little bird that rarely makes a fuss.

These cuties are regular visitors to the backyard Bark Butter branch.

But when a bigger, bossier bird appears on the scene – like this female Red-winged Blackbird…

…rather than resorting to fight or flight, they just opt to drop out of sight.

They hang out until the coast is clear…

…then they pop back up and resume their merry munching.



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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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21 Responses to Fight, Flight, or Out of Sight

  1. DailyMusings says:

    OMG I wasn’t expecting that! To see him hanging under that branch- thank you for the smile!!

  2. jmcheney says:

    Out of sight, out of trouble. Clever bird.

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    Seems a fair and succesfull strategy!

  4. Mags says:

    Excellent captures of the little Downy. I have seen them hang and wait like that…smart little birds.

  5. Jodi says:

    so stinking cute!!!! ❤

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    What a smart bird! 😊

  7. Ellen says:

    Benjamin said : “The little woodpecker is very good at sharing, taking turns and waiting. Maybe some some stuff on the bottom of the branch would work too!” It is nice to see this little peacemaker adapting to the situation with patience…probably secure in the knowledge that there will be more available to those who wait. Wonderful photos! Thank-you x 2!!

    • kathydoremus says:

      Tell Benjamin I shall try his idea. When I spread some Bark Butter later today I will see if I can stick some on the bottom side of the branch!

  8. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing!

  9. Maggie says:

    I think I need some Bark Butter. I have only seen a downy around my trees once.

  10. lindasschaub says:

    How cute is that!

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