Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Showing his red belly


We have a squirrel problem at our house, made worse by the number of birdfeeders the fuzzy marauders have to choose from.

So we have a caged feeder that little birds flit in and out of regularly. The littles were never nervous about it, right from the start.

But the bigger birds don’t fit inside the cage. They have to do with the nearby flat feeder, or whatever seed has fallen to the ground.

Sometimes they get jealous and try to figure out how to get to the seeds in the caged feeder.

And if they have a really long tongue and are especially tenacious…

…they can be successful!

I’m outta here.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

29 thoughts on “Showing his red belly

  1. 1 seed ever three minutes? nope, I’m not going to work for my food.


  2. I love this, Dawn. I can well imaging the bigger birds being jealous. Pretty good of that guy to get himself a snack!


  3. So furry khlever – as NAK would say!

    I miss getting to see the various woodpeckers thay would frequent TADN’s trees and feeder –

    And SO hard to snag a photo of – they just KNEW!

    Willow and Phyll


  4. Grab’n’go! A new business? Here’s to the little folk. 🙂


  5. Nothing like a red bellied to get the job done!


  6. Nature continuously outsmarts our species🙂


  7. Very nice! I’m glad you included the last shot too. For some reason, it’s my favorite today! 🙂


  8. Such clever birdies — and some really good shots, too!


  9. Great shots, Dawn, and such a good idea to keep out the squirrels and food hogs!


  10. Woodpeckers can be so tenacious. Great shots of this one in action!!


    • We have 3 sizes at our feeders, the little Downy, the bigger Hairy, and the Redbelly. I have seen a Pileated in the yard once, but not at the feeder. They are all so much fun!

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      • I can’t remember seeing so many different woodpeckers hanging around. Is that normal for you too? We have a family of 6 Pileated Woodpeckers…they have been fun to watch until they land on the house. The cats and I think it sounds like a nailgun on the roof!


        • We have, for years, seen Downey and Redbelly, but not Harry (who is almost as big as a Redbelly) and never the Pileated. It’s fun to see the 3 sizes at our feeder, we hear the Pileated more than we see it, and their call is crazy, so that’s fun too. We don’t have them landing on the house, thank goodness.

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        • You’re lucky to have the smaller ones around. All of the sizes attack our cedar siding. We even had one of the Downey’s in our front entryway pecking away.
          The Pileated call in fun to hear. All of them chirp at us if we’re out in the yard. I wonder where they nest? Since we have so many around, I should study what they like away from our house and encourage that more?!
          You’re lucky they like your feeders and not your house. Enjoy the show they put on, they are fun to watch.


  11. Tenacious is a good word for that bird. Smart, too. Great captures and story, Dawn. 🙂


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