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12 February 2006
Woodpecker Grand Slam

Yesterday, we momentarily - and simultaneously - had 3 varieties of woodpeckers on the birdfeeder in the front yard.

  • A male red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) was poking around on the platform part of the feeder,
  • a hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) was pecking at the suet/seed cake and
  • a downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) was inspecting the cracks in the wooden feeder post for seeds hidden there by others.

All three woodpeckers are common sightings for us, but I've never noticed all 3 at once. The downy and hairy woodpeckers are generally not regular visitors to the feeders. We normally enjoy the company of a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers all winter and this year has been no exception.

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