I only caught part of this bird conversation, but I heard enough to know all I needed to know.
The bluejay merely asked the woodpecker not to plop it’s entire body down on the food, to consider that others would be eating from that spot after it left.
I hate to tell you this, but there are some birds that can be a little selfish. It takes a strong bird to confront one of these types and to endure the self-righteous scolding that these greedy ones feel entitled to give.
I will attempt to be as brave as the bluejay and ask you all not to prostrate yourself on food that is meant to serve more than one person. Feel free to follow my lead and instruct your friends and family on proper etiquette.( This advice holds true whether in a home setting or restaurant setting.)
REMEMBER THE OTHER DAY WHEN I INTRODUCED YOU TO THIS PATIENT MOTHER AND HER BOSSY LITTLE BABY?
WELL THEY WERE BACK THIS MORNING. I HEARD A TON OF COMMOTION OUT BY THE BIRD FEEDER AND WENT TO INVESTIGATE.
UNFORTUNATELY I COULDN’T GET TO MY CAMERA WITHOUT SCARING THEM OFF, BUT MOTHER AND BABY WERE BACK AGAIN THIS MORNING AND YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD THE SCREAMING. BABY FOLLOWED MAMA’S EVERY MOVE…DEMANDING TO BE FED…AT TIMES IT WAS ALMOST PITIFUL…UNTIL I REMINDED MYSELF THAT IT’S AS BIG AS THE MOTHER AND SHOULD GET OVER BEING LAZY AND FEED ITSELF!
THE YELLING WENT ON FOR QUITE AWHILE AND I NEVER ONCE SAW THE MOTHER CROW THREATEN TO TAKE AWAY BABY’S TOYS, OR EVEN RAISE HER VOICE TO IT. SHE SIMPLY PUT UP WITH THE HOLLERING FOR A LONG, LONG TIME AND EVENTUALLY SHOVED SOME FOOD DOWN IT’S THROAT.
FOR ME THE LAST STRAW WOULD HAVE BEEN WHEN IT JUMPED ON HER BACK DEMANDING WHAT SOUNDED LIKE POTATO CHIPS….I AM ALMOST SURE THAT’S WHAT IT SAID. I MIGHT BE WRONG…IT COULD HAVE BEEN CHOCOLATE CHIPS…OR LICORICE WHIPS…I DON’T KNOW…I’LL NEVER KNOW…BUT IF IT WAS MY BABY I’D TELL IT THAT IT COULDN’T COME FOOD HUNTING WITH ME AGAIN UNTIL IT LEARNED SOME MANNERS.
I NEVER, EVER, LET MY KIDS JUMP ON MY BACK WHEN THEY WANTED FOOD. THEY WOULD CLING TO MY LEGS AND I WOULD DRAG THEM AROUND THE HOUSE UNTIL I WAS GOOD AND READY TO FEED THEM. (I’m just kidding)