Posts tagged “Picoides villosus

Just pecking away

Picoides villosus - 2014 © Christopher Martin

One of our resident woodpeckers was drumming away for a good part of the afternoon a few days ago.  Several Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers have wintered near our home this year.

2014 © Christopher Martin

The long bill of the Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) was put to good use by this fellow.  He used it to his advantage pecking away at the bark.  I’m not sure if it was idle practice or if, despite the cool temperatures, there were insects to be had.

2014 © Christopher Martin

With warmer temperatures coming back this weekend, I hope to see them out pecking again.


Hide and seek with a woodpecker

Things are looking up - 2013 © Christopher Martin

We have two types of woodpeckers that visit the trees in our backyard.  The Downy is the smaller of the two but they are very similar looking otherwise.  The Hairy woodpecker is a beautiful bird and I watched one of them as it pecked at tree trunks for insects under the bark.  They like to hammer one spot for several seconds and then move around the tree or off to another trunk.

Up and over - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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In the woods - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Just pecking around - 2013 © Christopher Martin

As this one flew around it felt like it was playing peek-a-boo with me in between hunts.  Another good encounter in the backyard alongside the Black-capped chickadees and the Common redpolls.

Woodpecker yogi - 2013 © Christopher Martin