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Old Feb 8, 2010, 5:46 AM   #1
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Default Woodpecker snack

Recently had a chance to enjoy watching a Red Bellied Woodpecker at work. It was tearing off lichens like crazy, and pulling out some big old "bugs." Here are a few shots of woodpecker in action:
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Old Feb 8, 2010, 6:33 AM   #2
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Pretty guy! These guys and the Northern Flicker are the only ones that fend off the starlings at my feeding station. Even he has his hands full sometimes.
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Foraging this way sure beats banging her head against the tree trunk - conserves energy in the cold. Nice documentation of an opportunistic foraging method. I once observed a Brown-headed Nuthatch using a chip of bark to pry up scales of pine bark in a similar way - a rare example of tool use by a bird.
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Great set Mole!
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Gary - Indeed they are aggressive towards other birds, but seem very shy around us humans!

Penolta - That's amazing - will have to keep watching our nuthatches to see if they are tool users too...

GW - Thanks - glad you liked them!
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Nice ones Marty - I like #2 the best. well done. Cheers, Dan
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nice captures
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Gary - Indeed they are aggressive towards other birds, but seem very shy around us humans!

Penolta - That's amazing - will have to keep watching our nuthatches to see if they are tool users too...

GW - Thanks - glad you liked them!
Birds are far more intelligent than we used to believe. Their problem, when some genius discovers how to use a tool, is how the heck can they teach this method to others? No language...

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