Woodpeckers Galore!

For some reason, I associate autumn with woodpeckers. So, since the season is upon us, I thought I’d share photos of a few of the WPs that visit us on Gabriola Island. Right now, a family of flickers is keeping us entertained.

Red-shafted Northern Flicker

Who's hiding behind that branch? See the red tail shaft - it's a "red-shafted" Northern Flicker"!

Who’s hiding behind that branch? See the red tail shaft – it’s a “red-shafted” Northern Flicker”!

Colaptes auratus, better known as the Northern Flicker, lover of ants and suet.

Colaptes auratus, better known as the Northern Flicker, lover of ants and suet.

A Northern Flicker and Steller's Jay vie for the suet. The flicker won.  (His bill is longer and much sharper!)

A Northern Flicker and Steller’s Jay vie for the suet. The flicker won.
(His bill is longer and much sharper!)

Our family of flickers. Note the mother under the birdbath log. Dad and juvenile are drinking.

Our family of flickers. Note the mother under the birdbath log. Dad and juvenile are drinking.

It took a while for the babe to learn how to use this suet feeder. But now he's (or she's?) an old pro.

It took a while for the babe to learn how to use this suet feeder. But now he’s (or she’s?) an old pro.

Any ants hiding in here?

Any ants hiding in here?

A big stretch. But it's worth it.

A big stretch. But it’s worth it.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

I love Red-breasted Sapsuckers and this guy loves our bigleaf maple, which is full of sapsucker holes. But that’s okay – the hummers like it!

Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Hairys and Downys

Last year we had Downy babies!

Feeding time!

Feeding time!

Downy on finch feeder. Quite a trick!

Downy on finch feeder. Quite a trick!

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated WP

This guy is the “king of the woodpeckers” – at least Walt Disney thought so. He wakes me up many mornings hammering away at a dead tree in the yard at a very uncivilized hour. (The later dawn is one reason I like autumn!)

This Pileated WP tried out our suet ball last year.

This Pileated WP tried out our suet ball last year.

Oh dear. It moves!

Oh dear. It moves!

I'm dizzy! Gotta' try something else ...

I’m dizzy! Gotta’ try something else …

Okay, this is easier!

Okay, this is easier!

Thanks for looking!

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6 Responses to Woodpeckers Galore!

  1. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Say hi to the snow geese for me!

  2. Rae says:

    I love your photos. The Snow Geese arrived yesterday! It’s noisy in our field … But wonderful!

  3. Glad you enjoyed the photos, Ron.

  4. Ron Johnson says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Enjoyed seeing the birds around your place. Like the way they can be attracted by the suet and seeds.
    Cheers,
    Ron

  5. You’re welcome amiga!

  6. Heide Brown says:

    Made my day! I never knew there were so many varieties around here, or even in existence!!! Many thanks, Sharon!!!