Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Early Bird....

....gets the dog food.

We have a pair of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers in our immediate area.  And they have taken to eating Charlie's dog food.  They are very flighty and it was difficult to get pictures of them.  If they saw me through the bathroom window (where I took the pictures from), they would fly off.  After a few minutes they would return, slowly hopping down the tree trunk, then over to an old stump near the dog food bowl.  After making looking around for a bit, s/he would finally flit over to the bowl and take a nugget of dog food and fly off.

I've also noticed that when I'm a little late on feeding Charlie, the woodpeckers will yell for their breakfast.  They make a loud chir-chirping kind'a sound and will continue it until I fill up the bowl.

I haven't been able to figure out where their nest is, or where they're cramming the dog food pieces.  We'll probably end up having to take down one of the dead oaks one day, fell it and find fifty pounds worth of dog food crammed in the hollow trunk.


  1. Or maybe they're feeding it to their newly hatched babies in a nest. You'll know for sure if one of these days you hear a juvenile Red-Bellied Woodpecker flying over making a barking sound. (Heeheehahahahahohoho, oh, that was funny!)

  2. They're storing it for in case of an emergency. I've got magpies here that are going in and eating my chicken eggs. Damned birds.

  3. Funny! Maybe they are feeding babies...

  4. Carolyn,

    What a gorgeous bird!
    They have you trained on putting out the dog food, lol

  5. How neat. Had to laugh at your tree comment.