Plum Mayhem

It’s dusk and the plum tree is empty now except for a large harvest of snow fruit accumulated in the various crooks and branches. But just a few minutes ago, one of these

Great spotted woodpecker
Great spotted woodpecker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

was hanging upside down from a string of birdseed balls I have fastened to a branch of the tree, while several of these

Coal tit
Coal tit

 

 

 

 

a small flock of these

House sparrow
House sparrow

 

 

 

 

several more of these

Blue tit
Blue tit

 

 

 

 

and it was hard to see, but there were a lot of different small birds acting very annoyed in the snow nests and balls in the trees

A mess of winter feeders
A mess of winter feeders

 

 

 

 

 

while one of these watched from the snowy garden ground, waiting her turn

Blackbird
Blackbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and I looked on from above, along with one of these on a higher branch on another tree

Song thrush
Song thrush

 

And of course, as I reached for my excellent camera with the telephoto lens, one of the little agitated fellows saw me, raised ruckus, and in a flash, the entire tree had exploded with feathers and they were all gone, leaving me to search the stockphoto selection to give an approximate idea of the mayhem that my bare little plum tree was home to this winter afternoon.

Note to self: More bird feeders, farther apart.