Saturday, 15 October 2011

Woodpeckers of Toronto

Woodpeckers rely upon home and land owners saving trees that have reached the end of their lives. Dead and dying trees and cut-off stumps hold a real smorgasbord for hungry woodpeckers who have daily stop-offs to fill up on grubs and other insects. Placing suet cakes in trees and shrubs in your yard will also attract them, allowing you to get closeup views of their secretive lives. Anyone who has heard the chilling calls of the pileated woodpecker when it is close by never forgets it .

                                                           Female Downie

                                                         male downie                      

                                                            Male Downie

female hairy
male hairy

                                                      Male Pileated

                                           Typical Pileated evidence

                                      A fleeting silouette
     Other times, very co-operative

                                                 Yellow-Shafted Flicker                  

yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Red Bellied Woodpecker                   


A new home?

   Flicker Take-off
downie on suet