poetry and prose about place

woodpeckers in the grey woods

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If you are new to my site, you might not know that we call the woods behind our house ‘the grey woods’. The woods are mainly balsam fir and black spruce, with grey birch and red maple. Here is a map of our property (about 19 acres).




Woodpeckers are a common bird in the grey woods. We have Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus), Hairy Woodpeckers (Leuconotopicus villosus), and Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens). The woodpeckers love the older trees in the woods. They also peck at our wood-shingled house!



Here is a Hairy Woodpecker hard at work in a balsam fir. He is hard to tell from the Downy Woodpecker (especially when you can’t see his beak) but the Hairy woodpecker is larger (about the size of a Robin) and sometimes his red cap is divided into two parts (seen clearly in this photo).



Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

May 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

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  1. Lovely capture, Jane. We have a lot of woodpeckers here who love the loblolly pines. There must be good feasting on those pines lately. It seems like there are more woodpeckers than usual.

    Is that Old Man’s Beard on the tree?

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    May 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm

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