Sunday, March 1, 2015

Food Chain

It's cold out.
Fat snowflakes drift aimlessly to the ground.
As the flakes descend, the creature's appetites rise.

Red-belled Woodpecker with Suet

The birds can't get enough of the suet.  
This one is composed of lard and peanut butter, cornmeal, oatmeal and sunflower seeds, with a few raisins mixed in.  

Crows in a snowy tree

High in a tree, crows weigh their chances of getting to the food.

Turkey and crows in the snow

Wild turkeys have staked their territory over the corn on the ground, 
and when the crows try to encroach, one bold turkey keeps pushing them back.

Red-tailed hawk in snow

Early in the afternoon, a regal red-shouldered hawk swooped in to check out the birds on the deck.
They scattered, and he came up empty. This time.
As he left the deck, he grabbed at the suet but couldn't get it loose.

Red-tailed hawk in flight

He'll be back.

stone carpendar ant in snow

With all the creatures around him eating,
the carpendar ant on our deck doesn't even pause for a snack.
Talk about work ethic-- this guy wrote the book!

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


eileeninmd said...

Pretty images, Gail! I love the woodie and the Hawk. Happy March, have a great day!

Mersad said...

Love your photography. Such beauty in your winter scenes. The wildlife is amazing as well.

pens and needles said...

You have the most incredible visitors to your back yard! The photo of the hawk swooping away lets us know the immense power he has -- no wonder everyone scatters!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous photos! Love the hawk!

Anonymous said...

Our suet feeder is popular as well... your wood pecker so bright with the floating snow is lovely!

Lisa Gordon said...

I love it!!!
And I love your feathered friends too, Connie.
That hawk is beautiful!

Felicia said...

beautiful Connie. The coopers hawk is gorgeous and so lethal. glad he misses....sometimes.

Janice Adcock said...

What beautiful photos of all the hungry birds!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Wonderful shots of these fantastic birds in the cold winter snow.
Your last shot is very funny.

Many greetings,

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Lovely captures! The hawk is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous gorgeous!

Adam Jones said...

Lovely winter scenes, and love the Woodpecker.

Lea said...

Great bird photos!
Love the carpenter ant, too!

Joyful said...

Fantastic bird photos. It's great that you put out suet for the birds. I'm sure it really helps them out in a cold and snowy winter.

Margaret Adamson said...

Cracking set of images. My favourite is the Hawk in flight. Well captured.

Marie said...

All the birds fending for their share! Gorgeous photos of them in the snow. Particularly love the hawk in flight!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photography! Gotta feel bad for the hawk desperate enough to go for the suet. Love that workaholic ant!