Frenzy At The Feeder

With a significant snowfall in the forecast, the variety of birds vying for a perch on the feeder is great.  This chickadee was content to peck at the suet block while waiting his turn at the feeder.  Did you ever wonder why chickadees grab one seed and then fly away with it to crack it open and eat it…only to return a few moments later for another.  Well, chickadees have a hierarchy…a pecking order, if you’ll pardon the pun…and anyone who eats out of turn is likely to cause quick a ruckus.  Who knew?

This finch has a mouthful already!

A flock of cedar waxwings were frightened into this tree just as I was about to grab a shot of them on a colourful, berried bush.

This fellow, which we believe is a red-tailed hawk, was the bully of the day.  He swooped around the feeder for most of the afternoon and sadly, did get away with one of our resident squirrels.  It’s Nature’s way, of course.  And we still have to get rid of the remaining squirrel before spring–he and the girlfriend were living under our deck and they definitely need new digs before mating season!  My Dad has a live trap, so we’ll find him a new home.

S/he is not being quite so brazen these days!

We also had a common flicker, several mourning doves, and some juncos at the feeder today, but they were camera shy. :)


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

6 thoughts on “Frenzy At The Feeder”

  1. Somehow I seem not to have visited you since you moved to this spot. It’s really attractive and (is it possible?) the photos seem even better. Funny how one can get out of the habit of things and suddenly realise.


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