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Pecking Order

All is well at the backyard bird feeder. The towhees, quail and all the birds are happy.

..until:

The sinister raven siblings come to town and take over the local food supply:

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The chickadees can only watch:

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and the finches:

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and titmice:

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When the ravens have had their fill and fly off nothing is left.

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So,

a new feeder with no perch for the ravens is installed:

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Not even the turkeys can get at it:

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but,

those gluttonous bullies, the scrub jays, take over the feeder and throw out everything but sunflower seeds:

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Although the spotted towhees and quail don’t mind, since they eat off the ground:

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So,

a finch feeder is installed, with a tiny perch. Can the jays get at it?

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They case the joint:

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Fly over for an attempted landing:

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Curses! Foiled, he flies off:

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Not even the wily squirrel can figure it out:

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The deer family decides to have a go at one of them:

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Baby, on the right, learns instantly:

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The long flexible tongue helps get the last of them:

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The jays are satisfied with a peanut or two:

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And the squirrels settle for some smooching:
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2 comments

  1. Keith, your photographs are nothing short of amazing! It is so difficult, to explain to city dwellers, the amusing antics at our bird feeders. Your definitely tell the story. Thanks so much, for sharing.

  2. Great work with your photo story. You are to be commended for such a creative piece!

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