July 10, 2014

There are lots of young downy woodpeckers about and they are not into sharing.
Multiples were fine when mom was doing the feeding but now that they are foraging on their own there are a few territorial disputes.

Picoides pubescens

The Downy Woodpecker eats foods that larger woodpeckers cannot reach, such as insects living on or in the stems of weeds. You may see them hammering at goldenrod galls to extract the fly larvae inside.

Woodpeckers don’t sing songs, but they drum loudly against pieces of wood or metal to achieve the same effect. People sometimes think this drumming is part of the birds’ feeding habits, but it isn’t. In fact, feeding birds make surprisingly little noise even when they’re digging vigorously into wood.

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