Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Birdfeeder Action

Last night it snowed, just enough to cover the ground with a layer of white.  Today the birdfeeders are mobbed with more action than I've seen all year.

Fly-through feeder -- male and female cardinals, large flock of sparrows

Hopper feeder -- two fox squirrels, a few mourning doves, large flock of sparrows

Suet feeder -- downy woodpecker, either a northern flicker or a red-bellied woodpecker, several sparrows

I thought the large woodpecker was a flicker at first, because that is what we've had in the past.  But the red patch is quite large, so it may be a red-bellied woodpecker.  It's hard to see the field marks through the window at available angles. Apparently habitat changes mean fewer red-headed woodpeckers and flickers, but more red-bellied woodpeckers.

EDIT 1/14/16: I am now more strongly convinced that this is a red-bellied woodpecker. The whole top and back of the head is red, unlike the small red patch of a flicker.  But I still couldn't see the belly (which is plain on a red-bellied woodpecker but speckled on a flicker).
Tags: birdfeeding, illinois, nature, personal, wildlife
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