Photo by Barry Wallace
Two Hairy Woodpeckers have unexpectedly taken over one of the mixed bird seed feeders in the backyard - much to the dismay of the sparrows, blue jays, chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers. They appeared two weeks ago and are now at the feeder numerous times every day. They are voracious seed eaters. I'm having to fill the feeder more frequently to keep everybody satisfied. The photo above (taken last year) shows a young male Hairy Woodpecker with its forehead spotted with white and its crown streaked with red. It's possible the juvenile from last year is the adult male we are seeing now.
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