This is a story about a bird and the peanut. Our November Thanksgiving story begins with one ungrateful bird not eating his seed and another greedy bird wanting it a little too much. Sounds like a tale with a moral, right?
Every morning when I feed my cockatoo his fruit and vegetables (along with his favorite bacon strip and egg breakfast, see why he turns his beak up at the seed?), rather than waste the seed he dumps in protest for something better, I take it outside for the birds and squirrels. Each morning the wildlife greets me waiting for the fare. If I am not out there by eight AM, they start squawking up a storm. See angry bird above, I don’t make this stuff up, these birds get grouchy.
Usually, they do not let me outside to photograph them while they eat, but this morning decided to put on a show as I sat eight feet away. Of course, we are talking about a small bowl of food, so the outside critters usually have a showdown on who gets the seed. It is premium seed too, with dried fruit in the mix. It is so entertaining watching who becomes the winner of the pile.
The blue jays are greedy too, going for the biggest nuts first, knowing the squirrels are peanut crazy. There is a very determined look on this jay’s face. The squirrel gets ready to race to the pear tree as both keep an eye on each other.
Proceed to beat that peanut into submission. That’s right, bang the thing up and down repeatedly against the branch until the shell opens. His head went up and down hitting that peanut against the branch like you see in the cartoons. And really fast like a woodpecker. It was comical and I cannot imagine him not having a headache. I should have had the video camera instead.
If you ask me, this is a lot of work to get one peanut. Fight off the squirrels, then work your tail off to get the nut out, when it would have been much easier to just eat the sunflower seeds and leave the peanuts to the squirrels. Share the food for the holiday, a good policy. But he starts all over again on another peanut. I still think he got a headache, he looks a little dazed to me. He should be thankful not to be a turkey too.