Archives for woodpeckers

The Pileated Woodpecker

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

~ What a thrill to see a pileated woodpecker in the back garden. There she was at the base of the old dead tree drilling away in search of insects. A bit of research in the birding books told us this was a female.  On the male the red on the head goes all the way down to the beak.  Also the males have a red stripe to the side of the beak. At other times she visited the feeders.  Here she is trying out a bird cake recipe that I make.  Homemade suet is quick and easy to make and once
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A Downy or a Hairy

Categories: Birds.

Of the various species of woodpeckers that visit the feeders in the garden, two of them are very similar.  The downy woodpecker and the hairy woodpecker are different sizes.  They both have vertical stripes on their body and the males have the red patch on their head.  I’ve added 2 photos of the birds at the same feeder so that you can see the size difference.  There bills are different as well. The hairy has a longer, sharper bill. . Here is the downy on the peanut feeder.  I compare them by how much of the peanut feeder is covered
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Red Bellied Woodpecker

Categories: Birds.

We love it when we spot a new visitor to the garden.  On Sunday October 13, 2012  around bird feeding time (between 4:30 and 5) a red bellied woodpecker was spotted on the peanut feeder.  There was just time to snap a few photos through the kitchen door.  This is a medium sized woodpecker with a black and white back described as zebra like. The male has the red head from beak down its back neck.  The female has a red patch on the back of the head. The next image is a little blurry but gives a good view
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Red Headed Woodpecker

Categories: Birds.

On May 18, 2008 we spotted a red headed woodpecker in the garden. This is a first time sighting in the garden for us. He flitted between several feeders and sampled them all. We were hoping for a return visit but didn’t spot it again.  It was another lens friend to check off our list.     While researching this bird, I discovered that the populations of the red headed woodpecker has declined 60% in Ontario in the past 20 years due to loss of habitat. The bird is now protected under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. This is a
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