Dish of the day - The Pecking Order.

Having supplied this dish of lard , oats , crushed peanuts and raisins throughout the winter its hard to stop as many seem to have based a routine around it ..

First Boss bird appears having taken time out from “Parliament”

Having observed social etiquette others are permitted to join in .. obviously this photo has been heavily “cropped”

Some of course forget their place and need a gentle reminder of the scheme of things ..

Sorry Pigeon but I really must put my foot down and remind you who s bigger..

Now move along Starlings .. remember size matters .. well that may be true ..

.. but wait till we tell our mates !

Whats a Woody to do ? when promised the missus Sunday lunch .. only one thing for it .

Thats it love tuck in .. we dont have long ..

Wonder who else is waiting ?

Silly question we re always here and if you dont put it out for us we come looking for it ..

.. dont we love !

Now come along Blackbird .. I ve waited all morning .

At last .. seems the only way is to stand in it .. who would ever have guessed I d get a bright idea from a wood pigeon !


20 Mar, 2011
johnponting said:

What a lovely tale and well illustrated. Thanks.

20 Mar, 2011
aster said:

Wonderful blog BB,amazing how even birds from different species observe the pecking order.
Hopefully you will both get a break when the fat caterpillars start appearing lol :)

20 Mar, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thank you JP ..what we lack in rarity we make up for in numbers can just see those at Birdwatch thinking oh yeah chaffinches , sparrows and blackbirds 30 + starlings 50 + then woodies collared doves rooks goldfinches dunnocks in large numbers too all in an hour ... a likely tale !

Thanks Aster but with this lot I d be very worried for our butterfly population .. sincerely hope they miss a few ; )

20 Mar, 2011
littlewren said:

fantastic BB....they certainly flock in for your dish of the day....A lot of people just feed in the winter not realising its worse to stop when the birds need it just as much through breeding season.
Will have to try that recipe for my birds...

20 Mar, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Ha ha LW another Yorkshire recipe .. its very cheap to make .. it needs to be as do it twice a day.

Yes you re right of course and often parent birds have a different diet to chicks and are so busy they value the extra energy.

Interestingly some complain that larger birds decimate the food leaving nothing for the smaller birds.This series was taken this morning in one feed and the larger birds come and go even the rooks do not finish the feed and all others are able to negotiate around one another.

Very fond of Rooks really very sociable and no threat to smaller birds despite being labelled a crow they do not behave like their closest relatives.

20 Mar, 2011
muddywalters said:

An excellent blog BB - very enjoyable.

21 Mar, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thank you Muddy.

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