Monday, July 11, 2011

a juvenile Hairy Woodpecker with a red crown for Ruby Tuesday

The reddish crown on this woodpecker almost confused me totally as I an used to seeing the male Hairy having a couple of red patches on the back of its head, but my husband insisted that it was a young Hairy Woodpecker and I believe he was right!. I checked my favourite bird field guide, ,The Sibley Guide to Birdsby David Allen Sibley, published by Knopf , New York, 2000 and an illustration was there on page 313 of a juvenile Hairy Woodpecker with a red crown and noted (July and August) the time period is rioght on.The juvenile Hairys are still here. This picture above I took this morning just a few minutes before thid posting. and it still has its red crown. We have so many woodpeckers (both Hairys and Downys anf their familys)around here lately that we wonder if we should change the name of our bird feeder area from Bird Alley to Woodpecker Alley.
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J.Rylie.C said...

How pretty!

My Orange Tuesdays, would you please come and see?

Emma Springfield said...

We just keep on learning, don't we?

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

He's holding on to that feeder tenaciously, determined to get to the goodies!


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Luna Miranda said...

this little birdie is an acrobat.:p

Mary said...

Such a cute little thing. I love seeing the young woodpeckers.

Anonymous said...

Hi "Me Ann My Camera",
Great shots of the juvie woodpecker on your feeder! We get both Downys and Hairys in NJ, but so far I haven't seen a juvenile on my feeder. Are you sure this one is a Hairy? The bill looks too small for Hairy, so I think it's more likely a Downy.

I'm glad I discovered your blogs; especially like the Covered Bridges of NB.
Enjoy the marvelous fall weather!
Cheers, Tom