Thirty-Bird Challenge: Dash and Stash

Birds can be rather strange in the spring!

Their behavior changes a bit as they are busy defending their territories, pursuing their mates, and protecting their nesting sites – especially if the nest has eggs in it.

Sometimes the birds are in much more of a hurry at the feeders, quickly grabbing food and then disappearing with it, only to return a moment or so later to repeat the whole process – which is exactly what my Red-bellied Woodpecker has been doing.

The other morning, this fellow was grabbing a peanut and flying off with it, only to reappear in the blink of an eye and do the same thing all over again.

He kept at this dash and stash for quite sometime, which I didn’t mind in the least as it gave me a chance to take quite a few pictures. I’m not sure if he was delivering the peanuts to his female counterpart or stockpiling them for future food. He might have even been taking them to little ones tucked away somewhere, though I haven’t seen or heard any yet.

Whatever the reason, he was fun to watch!

This gorgeous guy makes bird #15 in the Challenge, which marks the midpoint. I’m still not sure if I’ll make it to seeing and sharing thirty different birds, but I will definitely have fun trying!

7 thoughts on “Thirty-Bird Challenge: Dash and Stash

  1. This is one of my favorite visitors to my feeders. He (and his spouse) grab peanuts and f ly up to a branch to eat, then come right back. So predictable. But if they ARE going further I bet they are feeding someone.

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