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Hi Kate, lovely little story about your fiery little friend, he sounds like areal character and obviously provides you with lots of entertainment!
I also have a fiery friend but mine is in the form of a male Blackbird! This chap chases anything and everything the same size or smaller than him off of the bird table! However if it's another Blackbird then he will chase it out of the garden! I've actually watched him from the bedroom window chase particularly 'unsavory' male Blackbirds over several neighbouring gardens prior to returning to the garden looking very pleased with himself!
Due to certain features I know that this is the same male blackbird that has been here for the past two winters so he's hanging on as fittest bird at the moment it seems!
All this bravado is for territory and of course securing the best female for mating in Spring! (Maybe this explains all the fights in our city nightclubs!! LOL)
Unfortunately two missed timed shots so poor quality pictures but it does show my garden warrior in action!!...
Even the smaller birds like this Great Tit get the same treatment!!..
This is what makes attracting wildlife to the garden so interesting and enjoyable, a ringside seat into every aspect of their lives and a good reason for everyone to do it!!
Here it's the sparrows that drive everyone away, there are dozens of them and they are eating us out of house and home! A couple of blackbirds and some blue tits came when we started putting out the bird food (fat balls and several feeders) but they have all given up and disappeared. Got nothing against sparrows as such, but so many!
(They wait there turn as we also have a couple of blackbirds as well).
That a wee bit funny because here in Ontario,Canada we also have a Redwing,its full name is Redwing Blackbird
Hey Bill that's a great looking bird!
Thanks for the kind words Heather and Kate!
Just started reading your wildlife gardening book Kate and thoroughly enjoying it thus far!