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Downy Woodpeckers on feeder

Posted by hosta_house IL 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 8, 10 at 15:31

I have record numbers of Hummingbirds this year, but in the past few years I have been adding plants like: Indian Pink, Monarda, Phlox, Columbine, etc. This spring I put in a Cottage Garden walk and added: Crocosmia, Cardinal Flower, Penstemon, Hollyhocks, Zinnia, Cannas, etc. and I have to say I think they enjoy the Zinnias the most, anyway I always put up a large feeder outside my Living Room window and a small feeder outside my Kitchen window on the awning and found myself filling the small feeder 2 or 3 times a day and discovered that I have a pair of Downy Woodpeckers feeding on it, I didn't know they did this. The Hummingbirds are still territorial and fan out their tail feathers and several buzz in and out but the Woodpeckers act as though they are unconcerned. Below is a shot of the female.

Downy Woodpecker on Hummingbird feeder
Downy Woodpecker on Hummingbird feeder

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RE: Downy Woodpeckers on feeder

Great pics!! I took a stroll thru your yard pics - absolutely beautiful!! You've been busy. Love the Wave petunia/Creeping Jenny combo; the Elephant ears w/red petunias?; the Caladiums/ferns; and the Cottage walk. I've always wanted a path like that here in the woods, but the Copperheads won't let me. What variety is the Canna?

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