As long as folks are discussing bird motivations, hereıs a puzzle.
For the past three days, two male hairy woodpeckers have been visiting my
suet feeder. Iıve noticed that more often than not one will feed, while the
other rests on the trunk of the tree closest to the feeder. This bird will
sometimes idly tap the tree, but mostly he just waits there till the other
zooms over from the feeder and jabs suet into his beak. This little feeding
ritual repeats three or four times sometimes in between both birds feed
together on the suet before the birds fly off. Several hours later they
return and the same ritual occurs again. I canıt tell if itıs always the
same bird that jabs suet from the feeder into the other woodpeckerıs beak.
Why would one adult male bird be feeding another adult male bird?
Has anyone else seen this behavior? And does anyone have an explanation for