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”!
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!)
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.
Any ants hiding in here?
A big stretch. But it’s worth it.
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!
Hairys and Downys
Last year we had Downy babies!
Downy on finch feeder. Quite a trick!
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.
Oh dear. It moves!
I’m dizzy! Gotta’ try something else …
Okay, this is easier!
Thanks for looking!