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!