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.)
I’ll let you guess which bird is the Red-bellied woodpecker. These birds intimidate almost all the other birds who visit the feeder. They scare the crackers out of the bluejays. This little chickadee was VERY brave, or very…unintelligent, it had no fear of the sharp beak that can drill holes into trees in no time at all.
I myself would be adverse to being close to one of these woodpeckers. Research hath informed me that the red-bellied woodpecker has a barbed tongue…so if it licked me it would hurt and to make matters worse…it has sticky spit.
I’VE NEVER SEEN THE FEATHERS ON THE HEAD UP LIKE THIS BEFORE. IS THIS A FORM OF AIR DRYING THE FEATHERS? I SUPPOSE USING A BLOW DRYER MIGHT CREATE A FEW PROBLEMS…
I IMAGINE IF ONE FEATHER DOESN’T DRY RIGHT AND LAY FLAT IT MIGHT AFFECT THEIR FLIGHT ABILITIES.
I’M GUESSING THAT THIS IS A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. NONE OF THE OTHERS HAVE THE RED FEATHERS ON THEIR HEAD IN QUITE THE SAME WAY.
WHEN THE WOODPECKERS COME IN FOR A LANDING, EVEN THE TOUGH GUY BLUE JAYS MAKE ROOM FOR THEM.
IF THEY DON’T LEAVE RIGHT AWAY, THEY GET A SCOLDING.
IF SCOLDING DOESN’T WORK…GETTING HOPPING MAD SOMETIMES DOES. PRACTICALLY SCARES THE FEATHERS RIGHT OFF OF THEM.