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For you bird lovers.....

This is a discussion on For you bird lovers..... within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; It's a female red-bellied, closely related to the common flicker, which I see more frequently ...

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    It's a female red-bellied, closely related to the common flicker, which I see more frequently here in New England. Great birdie shots!

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    We used to have a greater spotted woodpecker visit our garden. It was quite a bully with the other birds and wouldn't let them any where near the peanuts.

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    love these photos and the discussion! I miss having good feeder birds, although I have lots of hummingbirds on the prarie when it's warmer than 10 degrees!

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    Great pics! I love the chickadee - sometimes they sound like children laughing. We have downy and red bellied woodpecker at our feeders, but I've never seen the Hairy. They are quite secretive around here. Love this thread!

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    Here's an interesting chickadee factoid...

    When chickadees are placed near birds that are non-threatening, they sing, "chickadee-dee".

    When placed near possible threats (such as a great horned owl, who's an ocassional predator) they'll sing "chickadee-dee-dee-dee.

    When placed near serious threats like an eastern screech or other small owl (who feed on small song birds) they'll sing "chickadee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee."

    I don't recall the max "dee" count, but it's believed to be a threat meter. Very cool!

    McDeeDee <--Not many threats on the forum

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    This one is actually a pic from last winter -- I haven't seen it yet while visiting the folks. But since y'all are doing such a good ID job..............
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    These get BIG. male pileated woodpecker

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    Pavel, the second pic may be a female - red forehead does not go all the way to the bill and no red 'moustache'. Pileated woodpeckers pairs stay together all year, they are very territorial but tolerate other birds more in the winter. Cool pics!

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    Tami, I wondered if there were two different birds there. Good eye.

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    Whoa! Nice pics, Pavel - bravo!

    I haven't seen a pileated up close since jogging a NH wooded trail in college, back ...well, let's just say it's been more than 25 years ...

    The big woodpeckers like the pileated and the ivory bill need large tracts of huge trees. They're specialized to bore beneath very thick bark to eat the grubs and insects that live underneath.

    As these tracts of tall arboreal forests are plundered for their lumber, the loss of natural habitat for these birds has caused their severe decline, threatening extinction (or at least it was believed for decades for the ivory bill.)

    If anyone's interested in the ivory bill's story, an excellent book is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. It came out about a year before the confirmed sighting of another ivory bill a couple of years ago (makes me think the pub date was staged ahead of the sighting's announced confirmation, but the book is a wonderful tale of the ivory bill, whether or not any survive.

    McOrnith

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