Monday, January 3, 2011
A Male Hairy Woodpecker of The Vermilon River. A Post to My World Tuesday.
An amazingly efficient bird that overwinters here, it can be seen in the forest, or at the suet bird feeder. I say efficient because as the pictures show the bird is relentless in his search of prey. As well he is especially adapted to it. The beak is as long as his head, but even more remarkable, is his tongue which is barbed, and spear like. Amazingly long, it, in fact, is coiled around his eye sockets, and shoots down the hole he has made in the tree to extract the larvae.
The best source of information is: Life Histories of North American Birds @ http://birdsbybent.com/ch71-81hairywp.html.
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