Saturday, July 14, 2012

One Persistent Juvenile

One of the more entertaining aspects of the new stand-in suet feeder has been the reaction of the various species.  As has been reported here, the small birds (wrens, downeys, chickadees) immediately grasped the idea.  The big birds (grackles, Blue Jays) have been absolutely stymied.  (which was the plan all along).  That leaves the murky middle.  And I am keen to see if any are strong enough to take on the challenge.  This juvenile Red Bellied Woodpecker is trying its hardest to be a success story and get access to the tasty suet.  But it has been a struggle. In the past two days I have seen two apparent moments of triumph.  However, this is a very tough position for a woodpecker and it will take a lot of time for the young one to perfect the technique.  Will be interesting to watch.

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