Touché! A woodpecker and a cardinal spar in the bird bath

On fine days one of our big water bowls turns into a busy bird bath, with lots of different species taking turns to drink and have a quick wash.

The cardinal in this video thought it was his turn for a bath; the woodpecker begged to differ. The cardinal got a good jab in the chest from the woodpecker’s sharp tongue and quickly decided that bath time was over. The woodpecker won that round!

We’ve all heard about woodpeckers’ long tongues, but we’ve never seen one wielded like a sword before.



  1. Finest beautiful, thoughtful bird clips and best moderator “words” I have seen, ever. . Such gifts you have. Thank you, Jeb B.


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