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