Woodpeckers in our yard

This handsome guy is a "Pileated Woodpecker," and his call reminds me of a monkey, except it's quick succession of ka-ka-ka-ka sounds instead of the ee-ee-ee monkey sounds.

This picture shows his tongue out (if you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can see it better). Their tongue is almost 5" long and is barbed to help them retrieve insects.

Sorry the picture isn't as centered, but this little one appears to be a "Hairy Woodpecker."

We had what we think was a Northern Flicker, which is about 12" long, on a woodpile in our yard. Sadly, I didn't get a picture before it flew away. Hopefully he or she will be back.

Also, a Red-bellied Woodpecker has frequented the suet cake on our feeder, and I'll try to get a picture of that one. I need to put up a new suet cake to attract it. The Red-bellied Woodpecker has more of a pinkish belly, but it has a red head and then black and white wings that almost look checkered. Very pretty, indeed.

We recently did a homeschool unit study on birds, so these pictures will be added to the bird watching books that our Campbell kids made.


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