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telophase ([personal profile] telophase) wrote2017-04-09 08:40 am

Potential new neighbor

We've got a possible new neighbor. He's small and industrious, but I'm not sure he approves of Toby and me. He was out working on his house site yesterday, at the same time as Toby and I were out back putting our patio furniture together, and he kept coming out of the door and eyeing us suspiciously.

He may decide that living next to us is not worth the risk.

A male Downy Woodpecker, who did spend all morning working on this hole. He'd disappear into it headfirst so that all we could see was his tail:

and he'd work for a while chipping away at the interior of the tree limb there (the tree is literally half dead: the west half is dead while the east half is bursting out into full leaf), and then he'd spend some time spitting beakfuls of sawdust and wood chips out into the breeze, as you can see here:

Anyway, Toby and I usually aren't out on the back porch, but with the new patio furniture we should be, so our new neighbor here may decide not to raise his family in this particular hole.


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[personal profile] yhlee 2017-04-09 02:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Aww! Birb!
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[personal profile] movingfinger 2017-04-10 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
eeeee you might get little woodpeckers eeeee!!1!1!
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[personal profile] christina_maria 2017-04-09 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Awwwwww What a cutie!! I love the red floof on their heads <3
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[personal profile] christina_maria 2017-04-10 01:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Awwww, poor Mrs. Woodpecker. ..
I seem to recall reading somewhere a while back that in general male birds tend to be the flashier/prettier, and females are more muted colors.
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[personal profile] movingfinger 2017-04-09 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)
If you put out a suet feeder, he'll stick around and likely become fairly tolerant. My locals seem to like the meal-worm suets the best.
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[personal profile] loligo 2017-04-09 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yes, he is definitely skeptical.
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[personal profile] brigdh 2017-04-12 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, he's adorable! I want a woodpecker for my very own backyard.