We love to feed the birds here at Longsmith Cottage. That’s what I call it. Mark refers to feeding the squirrels, because they seem to get the lion’s portion of the sunflower seeds meant for our cardinals, chickadees, finches, doves, and anyone else coming in on wing.
Growing squirrels has been going on for a few years, but now, it looks like we are also catering to a little (relatively speaking) Downy Woodpecker. Right after a rain, I caught this little guy at the hummingbird feeder, helping himself to the sugary water. Occasionally, we’ll see him perched at the feeder, pecking up any ants that were unfortunate enough to make it past the “moat” on top. But he has also learned how to sip nectar, just like our tiny little hummers.
At first, we tried to scare the woodpecker away from the feeder, with little lasting success. So just as we’ve become resigned to sharing birdseed with the squirrels, we are also quite delighted when this supersized “hummingbird” comes to visit.
It’s all about living and loving. Everyone is welcome at Longsmith Cottage!