Today was the day that the immature Nuthatches and one immature female Hairy Woodpecker chose to learn about the “upside down” suet feeder. I absolutely love “my” little family of White-breasted Nuthatches. The young look like little balls of fluff and are learning how to do everything. They’ve been making many trips to the sunflower feeders, grabbing a seed and taking it back to the Crab Apple Tree. It seems like 90% of the seeds end up on the ground, but every now and then they get it right! I actually want to clap my hands when they do! They’ve been watching Mom and following her to the suet feeder, but just couldn’t get the hang of grabbing the side and walking to the bottom upside down. Today was their big day, though. They conquered it!!
The Woodpeckers, both Downy and Hairy, have been very quiet while they’ve been raising their little one”s. Today, though, they came to the feeders where Mom helped them with the seeds. One female Hairy decided to try out the suet feeder on her own. She warily crept down the porch post, looked at the feeder, stood on top of it, and flew off. She did this many times before she got the idea. The whole time, a Mourning Dove stood quietly by on a wire and watched the whole process. She cooed every now and then as if she were their cheering section 🙂 .