NO! That never happens. The two birds hate each other. And yet today, it happened. I did the best photography I could given that the lens was very long and it was hard to get the entire picture of both birds together in one picture. I was also somewhat hampered by the grill on the French doors. But I did get pictures after Garry pushed me.
I figured the birds would disappear before I got the shot, but they didn’t. The difference in size isn’t as obvious in the photographs as they were to our eyes, but the Hairy is at least 50% bigger than the Downy. Otherwise, they look remarkably alike, even though they are not related.
For the birders in the crowd, this is a rare picture. You never, ever see these two birds sharing space. They chase each other when they meet. Usually. On our deck, they share.
It’s the suet. They love the suet and we have three cakes of it in two feeders as well as one broken one in one of the flat feeders. Apparently if you give them the right food, they might just walk into a bar together.