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Old Aug 14, 2013, 1:00 PM   #1
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Default Food For Thought - Dunking Donuts?

An unusual behavior. What do you think this Oriole is doing and why? Think about it and see a possible explanation below the pictures:

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Our Hooded Orioles have been bringing caterpillars to the nectar feeder and trying to push them into the feeding tubes. The end result is a squashed caterpillar after making the rounds of all four tubes, leaving nothing but an empty skin. If we hadn't been pouring syrup on our pancakes when we first realized what they were doing, we might never have figured it out. One of the caterpillars was clearly identifiable as a Monarch, known for its bad taste, so we think they are sweetening their meal as they squeeze out the contents. Food for them and food for thought.

We have two pairs of these birds and their broods - nice to have them here, but this certainly is not doing our backyard butterfly garden any good.

These were "grab shots" taken through the patio window in less than favorable light, not great, but I was glad at least to be able to document the behavior.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 2:36 PM   #2
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Incredible interesting behavior.
Beautifully caught
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well captured nice shots
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Thanks for the good words. Here's one with a more obvious caterpillar, (barely) recognizable as a Monarch (also through the thick glass sliding door). This image was taken along with those in a series posted in the Wildlife Forum and taken under even less favorable conditions:
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That is the strangest behavior by a bird I've heard of!!!! What a great and interesting capture.
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