Thursday, May 27, 2021

Woodpeckers.....

 A few weeks ago, we saw an unusual bird in the backyard. SLW thought it was a pigeon, but while it somewhat resembled a pigeon, after doing some searching, I decided it was some type of dove, or perhaps a Northern Flicker.

Well....the last week or so I could have sworn I heard a woodpecker banging away on a nearby tree. I heard it hammering away most of today, too. SOooooo...I started looking at "Colorado Birds", and then the "Woodpeckers" subsection on the wikipedia.

Son-of-a-gun, the Northern Flicker was listed as a woodpecker!

And this is almost exactly the same bird we saw in the backyard:


 

Anywhoo....Looks like we have some new neighbors in the area, as I don't recall hearing any here before. I wonder if some of the newer birds we've been noticing this Spring (Cardinals, Blue Jays, and lots of Ravens/Crows) are refugees from the burn areas of last summer.

Hopefully they won't be as intrusive as the %%$$%%!! Canadian Geese that spend Winter here.....

8 comments:

  1. We see two types of woodpeckers here in Sonoran AZ; Gilded Flickers and Gila Woodpeckers. The latter currently have nests in a Mesquite tree out front and in our giant Saguaro by the garage. Both nests are within pecked-out holes. Damsel has photos that I should post on our blog.

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    1. I was reading that some of them specialize in cacti.

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  2. Hopefully it doesn't pick on your carved tree!

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  3. They're all over the NW and Greater Idaho.
    We have one that drums on a wooden bird house on the side of a big Alder in the front yard. Calling his girlfriends in.

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    1. yuk-yuk! I read they don't have many vocal calls, but they do have patterns they drum out to communicate.

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  4. "refugees"
    That is a great observation.

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    1. Not sure what else to call them. "Fleeing Wildlife", maybe?

      If they're good neighbors we don't mind.

      Except for maybe the sound at daybreak.....

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