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