Woodpeckers!


At our home in Embudo, NM, along the Rio Grande, a suet feeder has brought the woodpeckers around this winter, and the tally so far consists of the Downy, the Hairy, the Nuttal’s and the Ladder-backed woodpeckers. The two last-mentioned are woodpeckers I have not seen beforehand in this area. Indeed, the Nuttal’s is outside of its usual range, which is shown as restricted to California and south into Mexico. Flickers have been around, but have not visited the feeder while I was watching. The woodpeckers will stay at the feeder for a few minutes at a time, jack-hammering the suet. Good thing I have more suet available!

Here is a Downy and Hairy in the catalpa tree

Here is a Downy (left) and Hairy in the catalpa tree

The Downy

The Downy

The Hairy

The Hairy

The Nuttal's

The Nuttal’s

This rear view is diagnostic of the Nuttal's

This rear view is diagnostic of the Nuttal’s

The Ladder-backed. Note how the red crown comes well-forward. The book (Sibley guide) says that the range of the Ladder-backed and the Downy barely overlap.

The Ladder-backed. Note how the red crown comes well-forward. The book (Sibley guide) says that the range of the Ladder-backed and the Downy barely overlap.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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