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.
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!