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The little Carolina Chickadee wanted to go to the suet bird feeder station and grab a bite to eat.   The station was occupied by a female Downy Woodpecker at that time but it did not seem to bother either very much at all.  Both birds shared the suet feeder and then the Carolina Chickadee flew over to the new seed feeder and ate a little bit of bird seed.  Once satisfied, both birds flew away.  It was very interesting to watch the interaction between the two different species of birds.  I think the key here was the fact that both birds are small.  I am betting that both birds were females.  When the Carolina Chickadee did grab a bit of the suet, it took the suet from the opposite side of the panel.  That move also made the interaction between the birds a lot easier for the woodpecker to handle.

I took these pictures on July 15, 2o11 from an open window on the lower level of my home.  By the way, the new feeder (at bottom right) is beginning to be accepted by the birds.  The special spring loaded plastic platform really does seem to help keep the squirrels off of it (so far).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Downy Woodpecker, Meet the Carolina Chickadee!" (11)

  1. What great pictures you got of the sharing!! The birds both look so tiny, unless the suet feeder is really big. But it looks like I have the exact same suet feeder, with the tail stabilizer. Yours may be bigger. I have a spring loaded feeder, too. It really works with the squirrel problem!

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, likely the same feeders. I work hard at trying to keep the proper critters fed with the proper food and make sure all have what they need – including my wallet! Ha! Have a great day. Thanks for all of your insightful and kind comments. I am glad you are a reader and commenter!

  2. Nice catches! I am impressed too at how different species of birds get along together. They just seem to accept each other.

    • Hi Montucky, A lot of the different birds do get along but some better than others. I saw just this morning where a Carolina Wren, and a Carolina Chickadee both flew off that feeder quickly at the sight of a White-breasted Nuthatch that wanted to eat. So some birds must just have clout! Ha! Have a great coming week. I want to let you know that I highly am appreciative of your kind comments and encouragement here.

  3. Great pictures, Linda… Love your suet feeder… Do the squirrels stay off of it???? Hope the other new feeder works well to keep the squirrels off…. Keep us posted.

    Love your pictures.

    • Hi Betsy, Well, actually, no, the squirrels do get on it and so does the resident raccoon. I usually have a baffle that at least slows some of the climbers a little. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and thanks for your loyal readership and nice comments here. I appreciate it!

  4. that’s a really cool suet paddle! glad they could share – and yes, i’m betting their females too. 🙂

    • Hi Texwisgirl, Yes, this type of suet holder is especially designed for woodpeckers to rest their long tails on when feeding. Amazing, isn’t it? I think so. Have a fantastic day tomorrow. Stay cool in that TX heat, too!

  5. The chickadees are one of my favorite yardbirds. They are so cute. Wonderful photos.

    • Hi Eileen, Many thanks! I enjoy seeing a wonderful variety of birds here as well as the resident waterfowl, squirrels, chipmunks and on occasion, bunnies. Have a super nice coming week and thanks for your nice comments here.

  6. I am sure the chickadee does not mind sharing with the woodie. Cute photos and great birds.

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