17 December 2008

Birds of a different season

Fun for birdwatchers: Here is an unusual photo two species of woodpeckers on the same feeder that are normally not present here in Minnesota during the winter.

Flicker and yellow-bellied sapsucker eating suet.

It is not usual for a hardy flicker to stay around during the cold months. Normally an insect eater in warmer times, the flicker can make do with nuts and suet that they find at the bird feeders.

On the other hand, the yellow-bellied sapsucker is definitely out of his element being in sub zero temps. Note how scruffy his feathers are and for a bird used to eating sap, not sure how the suet will work for him.

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