Animals aren’t the boss of me. This is a new one.
A male bird.
But he is not the whole story. I was watching our female bird yesterday, this is she…
A second bird landed on the feeder above her.
This is another female and note that the black outer stripe doesn’t go all the way to her cap, that is how we are going to tell our females apart.
A new pair of birds are muscling in on our female’s bounty. These new birds are a mature pair they are not fledgelings (they have a red cap).
That was yesterday and the birds are still here today. In fact since first light (4:30) the male has been dominating the feeder, he owns it now.
If either of our females have young we are going to be in for a woodpecker storm. I think that both of them have young and it is the bad weather that is driving them to the nuts but we shall see.