Food rage

With this cold weather making things hard for the birds, there is fierce competition for food resources. I caught a fascinating argument between two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers this morning. First they quarrelled on the feeder 

Then they transferred to the tree nearby. The one higher up seems to be the aggressor:

The lower one moves further down with abuse being hurled at him (or her) from above

Finally he or she gives in:

You can almost hear the woodpecker language for “Just you f off. This is my patch.”

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