Birds of a feather

“Downy woodpecker on hummingbird feeder” 2012 © Emily B. Maurer

Motionless in our rocking chairs, we watched the female Downy woodpecker ascend the mock orange bush in fits and starts. Finally it flitted to the hummingbird feeder suspended from the overhead porch beam. The bird clung to the circular plastic perch and made an attempt to peck at the feeding port before righting itself and inserting its bill into the tiny opening to savor the sugary fluid. Seemingly unfraid, it continued to feed, paying us no mind. After a minute it finally flitted away to the pines.

This is the first year we have witnessed a woodpecker at the hummingbird feeder.

In tough economic times, even the birds adapt.

“Downy woodpecker” 2012 © Emily B. Maurer


6 comments on “Birds of a feather

  1. DJE says:

    Fine vignette and great to see Emily’s beautiful photos. Mahalo. D

  2. Dave says:

    Well I’ll be damned!

  3. Allan Bedashi says:


    Must have been a thought-provoking, inspiring, yet amusing scene. The deers eat out of my bird feeder that I have hanging outside my living room window in rural West Virginia. Studs Terkel could have written a chapter for “Hard Times” had he seen this.


  4. td says:

    I’m betting the Downy was looking for a cool, refreshing, adult beverage; in your sweet, fermented, sugar water …

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