Tag: Downy woodpecker

Jet set at the feeders: black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, and white-breasted nuthatches

Jet set at the feeders: black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, and white-breasted nuthatches. I’ve written posts about the jet set at the feeders before, but I have new photos. Black-capped chickadee at left above. Tufted titmouse in center. White-breasted nuthatch at right. You can click…

September renewal

September renewal. Since most of my life up to now has been spent observing a school calendar, September still seems like a time to start again, to make new resolutions, to get excited about stuff. So, while I still have the habit of thinking…

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee…

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…

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…