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Bird Wars

Dead carcasses in the river bring out the scavengers.

heron and gull
Heron and Gull compete for food

The seagull found the carcass submerged and waited patiently for the tide to go out so he could get to it.

heron and gull
Must be yummy!

Then the heron came.   The seagull gives him room but he doesn’t like it.

heron eating carcass
Heron wins this round

It was interesting to watch the back and forth of the heron and seagull.  Another gull came in before it was all over.  He found a piece submerged and tried to drag it to the island while the heron wasn’t looking.  When he lost it, he bobbed for it and the splashing sound caught the heron’s attention.  The gulls paddled away when the heron came closer to investigate.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The heron wouldn’t bother with the carcass that was submerged but if it was on land he’d eat it.

Backyard Birds

As usual, I could hear this little woodpecker before I saw him.

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

He didn’t mind the Stellar Jay calling and landing all around him.

Hairy Woodpecker
Same Hairy Woodpecker

He just went about his business.

Rufous-sided Towhee
Rufous-sided Towhee

The Rufous-sided Towhee was more skittish.  He landed on the bird feeder while I was on the deck with the camera.  I tried to sneak a shot through the railing being careful not to let him see me move the camera into position.  They are so quick that I had never seen their red eyes until now.  Adults have red eyes.