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27 Apr

Woodpeckers

Posted by Joannie K on

Up here in the north woods, as in any type of habitat, some birds are better represented than others. Now, if you love birdwatching for woodpeckers as much as I do, the north woods is a great place to see a variety of woodpeckers in the birding binoculars. On any given day in the spring, right from my kitchen window, I may see a Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and, the most spectacular of them all, the Pileated Woodpecker. Oftentimes, I will see several species in the yard at one time, especially when the bird feeders are well supplied with suet. This is a great place to see woodpeckers in the binoculars.

Woodpeckers are fun to watch in the binoculars because they are so active and not at all shy about announcing their presence with their calls. It’s almost as if they want attention. They’re also easy birds to identify in the binoculars because, for the most part, they are easily distinguished, one from the other. True, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers can be difficult for a beginner to tell apart, but once you’ve seen them both, side by side a lot, it’s not tough at all.

So, as I sit here, writing with one hand and holding my compact binoculars with the other, I can see a Pileated working its way up and down the trunk of one of large White Pines. Normally, I hang a suet feeder for them from this tree, but until I’m sure the bears are have retreated well back into the woods for the summer, all the woodpeckers in the neighborhood will have to wait.

Pileated Woodpecker on a White Pine

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