Red Bellied Hummingbird?

ON Saturday afternoon I filled both of my hummingbird feeders, the larger one of the two holds about a quart and the smaller one is in the photographs. On Monday morning as I was getting ready to run out the door to work, I happened to notice that the larger of the two was empty. Wow, that is a lot of nectar, think that I might have noticed that much hummingbird activity??

I never gave it another thought all day long until I was home, fixing dinner and happened to catch motion out of the corner of my eye. I could not believe what I was seeing!!

Forgive the photo’s darkness on a couple. I was shooting from inside my kitchen with the lights off so as not to spook the bird away.  It took  a couple of pics for me to decide to turn the camera to a low light setting, which improved the lighting immensely.

One of the dark pictures shows the bird’s tongue in action…

So there it is, what I suspect has frightened my hummingbirds away!  It is a female red-bellied woodpecker.  We have four or five pairs of them visiting for suet on any given day. (this is the first summer that we have backed away from feeding suet all summer long–we were losing entire suet cages to bears or raccoons)  Perhaps this was the bird’s response to not having suet to eat?? <laughing> They apparently have found something that they like just as well!

About Teresa Cypher

I came into the world a creator of stories. Having been born into a litter, the 7th of 8 children in a farming family, I've spent most of my life writing (escapism) stories in my head. My daydreams, as it turns out, are actually fiction in the making. From the time I was a little girl, I was a thinker, spending any time I could find to be alone--the bastion of undisturbed thoughts,--dreaming of other worlds and of fairy-tale love. My earliest influences were Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Star Trek, and Star Wars. Yep... I write SFR. Science Fiction Romance. I live with my husband in a humble house in the middle of a tall stand of hardwoods, bordered by soybean and cornfields, in western Pennsylvania. Mother of three adult children, and "Grammie" to five beautiful grandchildren, I revel in family gatherings and celebrations. My husband and I care for our gardens at home--our little corner of heaven, take care of the dogs, the cats, and the chickens. We like to have a glass of wine at sunset and watch the stars come out.
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2 Responses to Red Bellied Hummingbird?

  1. Linda says:

    What a hoot!  So what you gonna do? 

  2. Delete52Mitch says:

    "And everyone knew you didn\’t give no lip to Big John."  (Except certain people who shall remain unmentioned.) Great blog. Much love from Alabama. Mitch

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