Pole Dancer on the Deck

With the large flock of young finches hanging around the feeder in our back yard this year, we’ve had an almost continuous opportunity to observe their behavior. There has been one individual who has developed a particular skill and desire to pole dance in our feeder.

She’ll fly to the feeder like the rest of the birds. But rather than landing on the side of the feeder or on top of the seed, she’ll latch onto the center pole. Sometimes she’s actually lights high enough on the pole to be hidden by the squirrel baffle. She’ll then work her way down the pole to get close to the seed.

When she gets close enough, she’ll flip up-side-down, pick up the seed and continue eating. It doesn’t seem to bother her that none of the other birds are eating this way. Nor does it seem to bother any of the other birds or keep her from getting her share.

I guess there has to be one non-conformist in every crowd.

Cheers – DJD

Rain since last posting: 0.0 in. 2012 year to date: 37.75 in.

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One Comment on “Pole Dancer on the Deck”


  1. Nice perspective :). I’ve always wondered if animals and birds have personalities, and possibly even eccentric ones at that, like us humans. It seems now that they really do. Maybe they always had a personality, its just natural, and we need a vision to spot it!


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