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Got Bird Food???

These are some of the funny pictures that I have recently taken.  The first is of the Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker on the suet fat block feeder with some unexpected company, a Starling.   The next is of the Grey Squirrel trying to snag a piece of that same suet and meeting with the disapproval of the Starling that is on the top of the same feeder.  The last photograph is of a drake Mallard Duck that showed who is boss when an American Coot got a bit too close to all of that fallen birdseed mix on the ground under the feeder.  Who would have thought that the mild-mannered Mallard was so aggressive toward its neighbors?  I hope you enjoy these pictures that I took this past week from my window.  By the way, our weather is just beautiful!  We also have had a raccoon visit the backyard during the very early morning hours (another bird feeder bandit!).  The raccoon was seen for the first time by my husband just this morning at 5:00 AM.  We had taken the entire feeder inside because it was being emptied overnight!  I buy expensive bird food so we took the step to ensure a fair shake for the birds!  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Got Bird Food???" (8)

  1. HI There, We are home after a few days with friends in North Carolina.

    I’ve had to take my feeders inside at night for years. Like you, the birdfeed is expensive —and I don’t buy mine for the raccoons or any night critters!!!!! Good Luck!

    Hope you are having a good week. Our weather is fabulous, isn’t it?

    • Hi Betsy, Glad your trip was so nice. Yes I am loving the warm weather. I think that we have to take the feeder in every night from now on due to the raccoon(s). I hope he or she does not invite the gang! I enjoy seeing the wildlife but do not want to feed the entire state! Have a super good rest of the day and a nice evening, too!

  2. Those are funny! Interesting to see the interaction between the critters. I’ve seen the turkeys get pretty boisterous, but most of the rest of the crew gets along quite well.

    • Hi Montucky, As far as harmony among the birds, ducks, geese, coots, squirrels, chipmunks, and others goes, they do usually get along fine. I was very surprised at how that duck pecked at the coot! I think the Starlings are pretty bold due to the long sharp bill. That said, I don’t think the Starlings to be much of a match for a Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker or a Pileated Woodpecker. Size matters! Have a really fantastic rest of the day and a pleasant evening!

  3. Well, it seems when they think you aren’t looking, the creatures really misbehave!! Well done to get these splendid, goofy pictures!! So funny! Now you need to find out where you can get racoon food! Ha ha! Shouldn’t be too hard, since fine cuisine for them is eating from the garbage can!!

  4. A lot of action in these photos. I especially like the one of the duck and coot. I rarely see any disagreements at our feeders (well unless it one of our kittens stalking the birds when they think we aren’t looking…)

    • Hi Kateri, Glad you like the post. I miss having a cat but I would not have nearly the birds and animals in my yards if I did have a kitty. Yes, the crowd really seems to get along well together. Have a super nice weekend.

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