Camera finally in hand, I began to snap pictures.
|See the little tongue?|
I was sad when the bird finished it's trips back and forth from the feeder and flew away, but was so curious about what it was doing, that I ran right outside to get a closer look at that crack in the post. Here is what I found:
|See the opened and empty sunflower seed?|
In an act of pure critter genius, this bird was using the crack in the post as a tool. Not storing food, instead it was using the crack to hold the sunflower seeds so they could be easily opened! The ground below the post was littered with shells discarded after the bird had exposed and eaten the fleshy seed. All that digging in the bird feeder was finally explained; it only wanted the sunflower seeds. I was amazed and in awe of this little bird, and the smarts given to it by God.
After going back inside, I looked up this bird, and identified it as a female Downy Woodpecker.
She is definitely NOT a birdbrain!