Day: January 17, 2015

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus). In Field Guide to Birds of North America, Kaufman reports that hairy woodpeckers are less common than the downy. This is true at my feeders. So far, I have seen one female hairy. That’s it. Male hairy woodpeckers have a red… Continue Reading “Hairy woodpecker”

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). Male downy woodpeckers have a red nape. Females do not. Downy woodpeckers like both sunflower seeds and suet. Also insects. They have long barbed tongues for pulling insects out of small places, according to Birds of New Jersey. The challenge with… Continue Reading “Downy woodpecker”