Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

It is not surprising to find birds like this Pileated Woodpecker visiting a BirdCam station.  Look closely, however, and you will discover he has an unlikely dinner date.  A Red Slug (Arion rufus) has joined in the feasting.  These slugs are immigrants from Europe and have become somewhat invasive in our gardens.  They are also a threat to our native Banana Slugs (Ariolimax columbianus) through competition and predation.  To reach the suet cage, this fellow had to climb six feet up the rough bark of the Douglas Fir.  With such persistence, they should probably not be underestimated.

There is never a dull moment at the BirdCam.