Greed on the Feeder:)

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© Andrea Petersen
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Surely In vain the net is spread in the sight of a bird...who waits for the one... that is greedy of gain...
Proverbs 1:17-18-19

A birds patience wears thin
After waiting an eternity in vain...
He says, greed is NOT a "cardinal's sin,"
When ONE takes a seed just for gain...
Poetry by me, AJP

I think this is the first time I have ever captured a male cardinal and chipmunk together on the bird feeder...Cardinals wait patiently all winter for squirrels to finish eating and now contends with the chipmunk who is hungry and came out of hibernation. Poor fellow!...Waiting is the story of its life but I could tell by its expression today that he was tired of waiting in line...which reminds me I must go outside and refill the feeder.

16 responses

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (3 Apr 2013):

    How lucky you are to have these Charming Animals Visit you..Lovely photo & thanks for sharing!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    Chipmunks and various species of birds frequently eat alongside each other, as do squirrels. This is seen frequently in the woods here in Maine. But you really captured such a sweet shot of them together. Although you can see a touch of impatience on the beak of the beautiful cardinal. I think the chipmunk gobbled up most of the food before he had a chance to get his share. I love this wonderful photo, Andrea. Great shot!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (3 Apr 2013):

    To add on to what I have said above..Wildlife can be unpredictable depending on their mood. Sometimes I see the squirrels play peacefully together, but other times they can be touchy about who joins them on top of the feeder to eat with them. They are more than fine with the Chickadees who are not afraid to swoop down to grab a seed but I have seen the squirrels get very angry with their own species and knock them down the post and maybe they do this because they have the vantage point of being the one on top. Perhaps they are more congenial on the ground. However, I did catch a squirrel slapping the face of a rabbit who ventured too close to him when they were eating but the rabbit seemed to take it in stride and did not fight back.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    The narrative is as good as the shot!! Looks like it's really a week for chipmunks, both in the South and the North.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    It is a wonderful capture, Andrea. Nice verse, too. And, you have one heckuva concordance!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    I love this shot, Andrea.. Mr. Cardinal certainly looks like he`s tiring of the endless wait :) And speaking of greedy, tonight I put out a handful of peanuts only to see a blue jay swoop in and scoop up every nut. Don`t ask me where he found room for them, but he did and flew off looking quite pleased with himself. So I stood outside and waited while the chickadees, nuthatches and woodies got the next handful, one each in their usual style.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (3 Apr 2013):

    Thank you for your comment Heather...My husband put out a suet block for the birds last
    Saturday and during the night some creature had figured out how to unfasten the latch
    on the wired container and ran off with the whole suet block...It didn't leave a note behind saying thank you either. Needless to say it had a tasty Easter meal that it didn't share:).. I read a quotation today on a bird calendar that goes like this and it couldn't be more true:
    " Whoever coined the phrase "eats like a bird" never filled a feeder."

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    Wonderful capture!! luv the way the bird is looking at his feed..look at his eyes...

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte   gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    Beautiful red color, well done.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    That cardinal looks a little annoyed!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    What a great moment you captured!! I'm sure they each feel like they should be first, but the squirrels always seem to win that battle. Good for the cardinal for standing his ground!!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    cool shot

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    This photo and all of your 'critters' photos are awesome!!! They are always great photos looking into the lives of the 'critters' around your home. That narrative about the suet block getting stolen was interesting. I wonder if a what critter stole it? I have seen squirrels on my suet holders. They can just reach in the suet cage and get all the suet that they want, I have never seen them opening the door to the suet cage, so I wouldn't think that a squirrel would be the thief.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (4 Apr 2013):

    Thank you all...Ann, I really think it was a raccoon who came in the night to run off with the
    suet block...They have fingers that are very strong and they usually do these shenanigans
    after we are in bed. They have wrecked a lot of my hummingbird feeders too over the years.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    what a catch! i can't even imagine them both there together. sweeeeeet shot.

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