Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Male Hairy Woodpecker of The Vermilon River. A Post to My World Tuesday.

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According to me anyway these guys are the most common woodpeckers in our little area of this large forest.
Males and females are identical except for the red patch at the back of the head, and are distinguished by the large beak almost as big as the head from a Downy. Here are some facts:
1) They mainly eat insects but will eat berries, tree sap and suet at your feeders.They dig feripously and will peel bark to forage.
2) They prefer to nest in popular or aspen trees and are cavity nesters competing with house sparrows and starlings in more urban areas. They prefer forest areas.
3 The tail feathers are pointed and act as a stabilizer as the bird climbs trees. If you have seen the aerobatics of these birds, you'll now understand why they can do what they do.
Most of the facts are from http://wwww.wba.comchipperwoods/photos/hwood.htm

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22 comments:

  1. Great shots of the Hairy Woodpecker. We have plenty of both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, and I'm always getting them confused.

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  2. Hiya Gary,
    They look very similar to ours over in the UK.
    Am I right in thinking that they also 'come in' plumage with a green spot or green head ?

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  3. Whenever I visit your blog, I am learning a lot about great nature. Fact #3 reminded me of our cats, controlling their body with long and flexible tail.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wonderful shots of the downy woodie. They are one of my favorite birds.

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  5. I always confuse hairy and downy. There are a couple in our yard, must be hairy. Great shots Gary.

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  6. I used to love seeing both Hairies and Downies at my feeders until they almost killed my crab apple tree (July 2009 post). I stopped feeding them suet and they are leaving my tree alone. I miss them!

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  7. This guy is really busy. It was nice that he stood still long enough for you to snap these wonderful portraits. Thanks for sharing the photos and the history lesson.

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  8. Interesting that they are so common for you. I see a lot more Downys and am surprised when the larger Hairy shows up. Usually not sure if it is one or not unless there is something handy to measure by. Good photos of it!

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  9. Hi Marvin. Just look for a beak that is almost the size of the head.

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  10. Hi DorG. Afraid not they don't come in greens at all. I think that's just in the UK. I wish they did.

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  11. Hi Yoshi. I didn't know cats did that.

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  12. Hi eileeninmd. Thanks for the visit and kind words.

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  13. Hi Karen. Great to hear from you again.

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  14. Hi Gwendolyn. Thanks for the visit, and glad you appreciated the notes.

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  15. I think this area is just a haven with its large stands of aspen and birch, and they do prefer forest.

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  16. Hi Hilke. They really hunt their prey as you can see from the tree which he is feeding on .

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  17. I did see one on my neighbors feeder last winter, MB

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  18. Hi MB. I think someone from Sweden in an earlier post told me they're an endangered species in Sweden. So maybe you were lucky to see one.

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