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Woodpeckers Big and Small on a Cold December Day

In spite of our very cold snowy weather, we have had a couple of visits by Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers.  The big Pileated Woodpecker that lives across the lake, occasionally cruises by for a tasty snack or meal in the Oaks here.  I took the pictures on 12/13/10 during a light snow.  It was 11 degrees out when I took the photographs.  The Pileated Woodpecker tried hard to grab some suet at the bird feeder but was too large and kept falling off.  This feeder hangs from a shepherd’s hook and the top was snowy.  The Woodpecker flew over to the nearby standing dead Oak tree and pecked away on the decaying bark.

The little Hairy Woodpecker also visited the backyard on 12/13/10.  It was way up on one of the many Oak trees.  I managed to get about four pictures before it flew away.  The Hairy Woodpecker is quite similar to the Downy Woodpecker in looks but is a bit larger and has a thicker shorter bill.  I could not tell if this was a male or female as I was not able to see the back of its head.  I was happy to have this “Mini Woodpecker Convention” here once again!  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Three Woodpeckers in a Tree

The Dead Tree

I was doing my daily photo walk down my street and stopped to take pictures at one of my usual spots featuring the birds perched in a large dead Oak.  In the past I have taken photographs of a King Bird, and a Blue Jay in that same tree.  Because Woodpeckers love to peck on dead tree bark to find insects and perhaps to drill into the bark to create a cavity home, I knew that eventually I would see a Woodpecker on that particular tree.  Sure enough, I saw not one but three Woodpeckers perched on that tree at the same time!  There were two juvenile Woodpeckers, I think that they may be Hairy Woodpeckers but it is hard to tell – they easily could be Downy Woodpeckers.  There also was what appears to be a Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker.  The juvenile Woodpeckers were way way up in the crown of the tree about 40 ft. up.  The Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker was perched  much lower and on the other side of that  tree.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Juvenile Woodpecker

Juvenile Woodpecker

Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker

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