New England’s woodpeckers

Photo by Chris Bosak A pileated woodpecker looks for insects at the base of a tree at Merganser Lake in Danbury, Conn., April 2017.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A pileated woodpecker looks for insects at the base of a tree at Merganser Lake in Danbury, Conn., April 2017.

I’ve been lucky enough this week to have seen six of the woodpeckers that live in New England. In fact, early in the week I had for the first time a yellow-bellied sapsucker at my feeder. It made two quick visits to a suet feeder and disappeared for good.

The species I saw were downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, northern flicker, red-bellied woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker and pileated woodpecker. Those are the most commonly seen woodpeckers in New England. Red-headed woodpeckers are seen on occasion and a few species (black-backed and three-toed) require a trip to far northern New England to see.

Songbirds, such as warblers and grosbeaks, steal the show during spring, but woodpeckers are more visible and vocal this time of year as they are staking out and claiming territory.

Included are file photos of all six woodpeckers seen this week.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Downy Woodpecker checks out a new bird feeder in Danbury, Conn., March 2016.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A Downy Woodpecker checks out a new bird feeder in Danbury, Conn., March 2016.
Photo by Chris Bosak A female Hairy Woodpecker clings to a suet feeder as snow falls in Jan. 2015.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A female Hairy Woodpecker clings to a suet feeder as snow falls in Jan. 2015.
Photo by Chris Bosak A Red-bellied Woodpecker takes a peanut from a homemade birdfeeder in Danbury, Conn., spring 2016.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A Red-bellied Woodpecker takes a peanut from a homemade birdfeeder in Danbury, Conn., spring 2016.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A yellow-bellied sapsucker in New England.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A northern flicker in New England.
Advertisements

2 thoughts on “New England’s woodpeckers

  1. Great photos! We have all those those species here in Jacksonville, Florida. I haven’t seen a red head in about a year. We don’t get the black-backed or three-toed. Never seen either of those birds. They would be life birds for us.

    Like

Leave a Reply to Backyardfriends Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s