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RE: OT - Bird question
  • Subject: RE: OT - Bird question
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:23:51 -0800

Don't birds get blown off-course sometimes? I am not a birder but seems
to me I've seen more than one newspaper article about birders all
flocking to a certain location because some rarity had shown up that
shouldn't be there. If you can take a picture maybe you'll get a lot of
interest too.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:44 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] OT - Bird question

The last time I had a bird question I went to a Birding list and was
given a rather off-putting response  - why didn't I look it up in a good
birding guide?  Since I have practically every birding guide in print
some old ones that are no longer in print) and had exhausted my
references, I felt that was a bit unhelpful.  So I am asking my good
friends, in the hopes that one or more of you will have a thought in
the matter.
We regularly have three kinds of woodpeckers at the feeders - Downys,
Red-Bellies, and Hairys. These come in large numbers.  It is not
uncommon to see five Downys taking turns, or being defensive of, the
suet cake. They also eat sunflower hearts from the tube feeder, but that
is not their primary focus.  Several times this fall I have noticed a
at the tube feeder that at first glance seemed to be a female Downy, but
further observation didn't fit.  This bird is the size of a Downy and
black-and-white markings on the back and head, but a definitely reddish-
brown chest.  Downys have white chests.  My research in the birding
guides at first didn't produce much, but the very excellent Sibley Guide
to Birds has a picture of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker that seems to
fill the bill (no pun intended). I hadn't seen the bird for several
but she
was back today, and with my binocs I could even see the tuft of brownish
feathers at the base of the beak.  The problem with this identification
that Ladderbacked Woodpeckers are native to the Southwestern deserts.
What would one be doing in the Hudson Valley of New York?

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