Guard, Grab, and Gobble

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!



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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11 Responses to Guard, Grab, and Gobble

  1. Sheila Moss says:

    Another handsome woodpecker. I need to get some bark butter. I keep forgetting to look for it.

  2. What a beauty! ❤️

  3. Terrific show. Beautiful bird and photos!

  4. Mags says:

    Your backyard birds are the best and your photos are amazing.

  5. Tiny says:

    Yes, they are FAR better than a TV show! Loved the last picture, in particular.

  6. lindasschaub says:

    I agree with you – their antics are amazing and rewarding to watch.

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