This Red-bellied Woodpecker landed on the Bark Butter Branch, brandishing his beak like a double-edged sword. Clearly, he wanted no company and no competition!
After guarding the area for a moment or two, he proceeded to scoop up a hearty portion of this suety-snack.
The slightly ruffled head feathers in the picture below are another way of his sending the message that he was to be the sole occupant of the branch at this time.
Once he flew off, his aggressive behavior made a lot more sense.
He had a little guy anxiously waiting in another part of the yard, who greedily gobbled up Dad’s offering.
I have to say, my backyard birds are far better than any reality television show!