[Mnbird] No woodpeckers

Pamela Brustman gleskarider at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 19:04:53 CST 2021


I too have the usual gang of chickadees, more than I can count, and both
white and red breasted nuthatches. Again, I can't keep track, but many.
Juncos now, also.
I DO have cardinals! I have at least two pair and I believe two juvenile
males. They don't always all come at the same time, but the two pair has,
so I KNOW I have at least two pair.
I also have a cadry of blue jays. Maybe a dozen? They work as a gang,
looking out while others eat, some on the ground, some on the feeder, some
in a nearby tree. I hear them sometimes doing the hawk mimicking that they
will do to scare away other birds. It works, every time.

Squirrels too. Grey, red, and I think a fox squirrel. Anyway, it is HUGE
and has both red and grey fur and ear tufts.

Batten down the hatches - here comes winter!
- Pamela
Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to
accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Unknown

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
― Aldo Leopold
I am one who cannot.


On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 6:07 PM Peter L Gilles via Mnbird <
mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:

> Don,
>
> Like Pamela,  I haven't noticed a decline in woodpeckers.  I have 3
> Downey's,  and 2 Hairy's that are regular visitors to both the suet cake
> and the other feeders.   I have frequently heard the "ack-ack-ack" of a
> Red-Bellied in the trees off the North end of my lot.
>
> Today he was on the suet cake twice that I saw.  Last week, I had a female
> Pileated swinging on a tube feeder -- got some great photos of that.  There
> have been two (female and immature) around on an off for the last two
> months.
>
> I had a bonus Brown Creeper in the same tree with 2 Downy's this
> afternoon.
>
> I have 5 Chickadees  -- probably a family as regular guests along with 2
> or 3 Nuthatches -- harder to tell how many I really have.
>
> What I am missing are the usual dozen or so Cardinals  -- male, female,
> and immature - that I normally have this time of year.  After the breeding
> season is over, I normally have a very large number of Cardinals on my 3
> hopper type feeders.
>
> Off topic, I also have a very large number of Grey Squirrels (at least six
> distinct) and one true albino with pink / red eyes.
>
> Pete Gilles,
> Hadley Lake, Plymouth
>
>
>
> Sent from Pete's Galaxy S21 Ultra
>
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: DONALD GRUSSING Owner via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
> Date: 11/10/21 4:08 PM (GMT-06:00)
> To: mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
> Subject: [Mnbird] No woodpeckers
>
> I have had suet in my suet feeder on the trunk of an oak tree for three
> weeks. White breasted Nuthatches and Chickadees are frequent visitors as
> are Bluejays  and Crows. I saw my first and only woodpecker today -- a
> female Pileated. Where are the Downy, Hairy and Red-Bellied woodpeckers?
> In over 60 years I have never experienced anything like this before.  Well,
> one year I was knocked off schedule by some surgery, but even then, in deep
> of winter, the regular woodpeckers discovered suet in less than two weeks
> after it was presented.
>
> Disease?  Well-fed Cooper's hawks? Some effect of the drought I know
> nothing about? Something to worry about or no big deal?
>
> Don Grussing
> Minnetonka
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