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Saturday, September 2, 2017

RIVALS

My friend the Ladder-Backed Woodpecker was back at the tree in my backyard again last evening and this time I got some pictures of him.

They're a little grainy but he's identifiable.


As he was working over the tree, seeking bugs for his dinner, he seemed distracted by something at the nearby bird bath.


I wondered if he would go down and get a drink.

But no!

As I widened my vision I saw what had the woodpecker concerned.


A large mourning dove had zoomed in for his taste.

Though much larger than the woodpecker, he's probably much less brave.

But he didn't pay the slightest attention, just got his drink, turned his back and then flew off, frightening the woodpecker away with his flapping wings.

And so ends this episode of Life at the Avian Crossroads.

10 comments:

  1. The cat man is also a bird man.

    Steve

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  2. Living their own lives, we observe.

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  3. Thanks for filling us in on the happenings at Avian Crossroads.

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  4. Beautiful. And I love mourning doves. :)

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  5. The dove really gives an idea of the scale of the woodpecker!

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  6. Lucky you to have such a good view of a woodpecker! We have a lot of doves here in NC too - I' glad because I would have missed them.

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  7. This was strictly for the birds!

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