the woodpecker and the blackbird

I’m still working through the thousands of images from the 3-day bird photography workshop I attended in Alamo, Texas a couple of weeks ago, and found this series of interactions between a Golden-fronted Woodpecker and a Red-winged Blackbird.  No one can say those blackbirds aren’t feisty, pesky, and challenging.

Red-winged Blackbird vs Golden-fronted Woodpecker

the initial face-off — innocent bystander in the background looks on

Red-winged Blackbird vs Golden-fronted Woodpecker

the initial attack, blackbird pecks at woodpecker

Red-winged Blackbird vs Golden-fronted Woodpecker

woodpecker retaliates, but the blackbird won’t back down

Red-winged Blackbird vs Golden-fronted Woodpecker

trying the overhead threat approach

Red-winged Blackbird vs Golden-fronted Woodpecker

okay, maybe it works better from this angle instead

Red-winged Blackbird vs Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Success! Annoy the woodpecker enough and it finally leaves

6 thoughts on “the woodpecker and the blackbird

  1. Fantastic photos, Sue! I have never seen ANY bird discourage a woodpecker before. They have such wicked strong beaks and they know how to use them. Amazing. I know I don’t comment much, because I’m too busy for my own good, but I do check your wonderful pictures when possible. This was too surprising to ignore. Great job images, especially that first one. Love it.

  2. Terrific photos. While everything you wrote about red-winged blackbirds is true. I love to see and hear them in the spring when they bend the branches of the trees with their weight and fill the air with their vibrant cries. The ground is moist and the earth smells of life.

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