This morning I saw the cutest thing at the bird feeding post. I was so wrapped up with watching the interaction, I did not even think of grabbing a camera. A green finch alighted on one of the perches of a a peanut holder. On the ground below head turned up expectantly, a wood-pigeon waited. Its patience was rewarded as the green finch pecked out bits of nut, turned to look down at the wood pigeon and let the pieces drop at its feet. This happened several times, then the green-finch carried on pecking and feeding itself, uninterrupted.

Another wood pigeon espied the dropping of ‘manna from heaven’ and ventured towards the feeder post and its pigeon compatriot to see if it could muscle in on the favours awarded to the first pigeon. The unwelcome visitor was swiftly dismissed, by being chased off in no uncertain manner, for daring to attempt to muscle in the already claimed turf.


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  1. Its funny I have the same scenario here there are always 2 pigeons awaiting by the bird feeders hoping for a morsal of food to be dropped and usually succeeding quite funny to watch ..the garden is like the television for me at present watching the antics of the birds feeding 😉

  2. Yes, a common phenomenon at my Mum’s place, the bluetits and spuggies do the hrad work an the woodpigeons wait under the feeder. They have to be quick though because the blackbirds are vicious and avaricious. And quick.

  3. As I have secured the seed feeder with extra wire and there is some picking to be had from the sheep nuts in troughs not far away, the crows are slightly less intent on disturbing my bird feeding arrangements at the moment. Ground pickings are not as prolific as they could be if the crows were interested in shaking up the bird seed feeder.

    It is interesting to see that there can be some co-operation with feeding arrangements between the species. I am wondering why.

  4. Fascinating. What was particularly interesting in what I saw, was that the green finch was actually and specifically sending food down to the one waiting wood-pigeon. It was not bothered to assist the interloper. All the small and medium birds disappear when the crows zoom in. At the moment the local crows have other pickings to interest them.

  5. Bird behaviour can be such fun to watch. The pair of birds I saw, albeit they were different species, were actually working with each other; the Finch took a bite of nut in its beak, turned, looked down at the pigeon and purposely let the morsel drop at its feet and did so several times. When it decided it had been generous enough it turned round and concentrated on what food it wanted. If there were any leftovers after that, it was a bonus for the wood pigeon.

    Funnily enough, the peanuts have not been of interest for some time. I have two nut feeders out, refilled Sunday, and they are currently the favourites. The seed feeder, so far, has been refilled once since Sunday, and looking at it tonight,(Monday)it appears to be pretty much still full.

    This evening, other run-of-the-mill pigeons have been hopping around the base of the feeding post, none staying very long. Weather permitting, it will be useful to compare today’s antics with whatever occurs tomorrow. What I saw today was definitely not the norm.

  6. There is no doubt about that Bushka. I guess no two days would be the same.

    Hubby had a Gt uncle who had an affinity with feathered friends. It seems to have been passed on to his niece, (ma-in-law) and hubby. The Gt uncle, as a boy, nursed an owl back to health once. I believe it had a broken wing. That owl constantly visited thereafter. The owl would sit with him, perch on him, take food and so on. He had a pet name for the owl, which, Gt uncle was called by as a nickname from then on.

  7. Some people seem to be naturally ‘tuned into’ Nature! Forgive the pun….I also know of a few people who seem to have that special bond….;)

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