morning conversation

On a very rainy day recently, there was a lot of chatter in the backyard between a White-breasted Nuthatch and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

red-bellied woodpecker with peanut-

It seems this male Red-bellied Woodpecker had peanuts he wanted to stash right where the Nuthatch was resting higher above.  You can see how matted down the woodpecker’s head feathers are from the constant drizzle on this morning.

red-bellied woodpecker-

Either because he was annoyed with the Nuthatch or wanted to create a new cavity for storage, Mr. Red-bellied WP decided to create a few more holes in the walnut bark while waiting for the Nuthatch to move.

red-bellied woodpecker with peanuts

Now he’s back with two peanuts this time — and the nuthatch stays his ground. There is a constant stream of chatter going on between these two the entire time.

red-bellied woodpecker with peanuts-

“Move it, Nuthatch — this is my tree.”

white-breasted nuthatch

Nope, this bird is happy to have a little protection from the raindrops and stays put.  You can see the rectangular gouges the woodpeckers make in the bark, not deep enough to store nuts, but enough for the sap to flow and perhaps attract insects the woodpeckers and nuthatches can then dine on.

4 thoughts on “morning conversation

    • Hah! Interesting that you mention close-ups, because I was a long way from that tree. But thanks to that wonderful 400 mm telephoto, I get to snoop on these morning conversations.

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