Wild Bird Chat forum: What is this birdie?

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ImageSkiekitty
Dec 14, 2010 10:16 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
For the first time, I'm putting out those suet blocks and, 3 days later, I get this bird. I have no idea what it is.. I think it's a woodpecker of some kind, but isn't the beak a little thick? He's eating the peanutbutter suet block. I got one of those and a berry block. I haven't *seen* anything eating the berry, but it's been nibbled on.

Sorry that these aren't the clearest in the world.. the sun was directly in front of me & I couldn't get it behind me without scaring off the bird.
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Imageirisarian
Dec 14, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Hairy Woodpecker. Downy is similiar but smaller.
ImageLindaTX8
Dec 14, 2010 11:09 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Cool woodpecker! I love the woodpeckers. This morning I saw one at the feeder in back twice. Of course, didn't get pics.
ImageSkiekitty
Dec 14, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Will he be destructive towards the house? I do have a wooden-sided house and really wouldn't like him to poke holes all over it looking for a nesting place/bugs. I have some larger nestboxes (old cockatiel).. should I hang them on the fence to encourage nestbuilding there? I was afraid that the squirrels would take them over...
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ImageLindaTX8
Dec 14, 2010 3:00 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
The woodpeckers we have here haven't done anything to the house or shed. They nest in trees that aren't that near the house. Since our area has more trees than urban areas, it's not hard for them to find suitable nests here. The nest in use on our property last year was a large dead branch attached to a living oak tree. I'd go out there and watch as the parents went out to feed the babies. The parents didn't like it if I got too near and would not enter the hole to feed them even if they had brought the food, so I'd keep back far enough that they wouldn't worry. Sometimes when the feeder that's farther away from the house is empty or nearly so, then they'll come to the one that's nearer to the house. Since they mainly eat insects, they don't come to feeders real often, like the birds that prefer seeds do. I found this url on Hairy Woodpeckers. Wish they'd come here, but we mainly see the Golden-fronted or Ladder-backed Woodpeckers.
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hairy_Woodpecker/lifehist...
Here's a pic of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker from last year:
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Imageirisarian
Dec 14, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
They can be destructive, especially the downy. those like to drum on houses in grey tones. these seem to be juvenile ones. We will have to replace a couple boards this yr because of it. there are a great many trees around--you would think they would use them.
Imageplantladylin
Dec 18, 2010 7:18 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
We have lots of Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers year round here and don't have problems with either of them being destructive. I keep Suet feeders out year round. The Downy's seem to only eat the suet but the Red-bellied WP eats suet, raisins and berries that I put in the feeders.

Downy Woodpecker (male) left (female) right

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