Woodpeckers

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The Fascinating Acorn Woodpecker

The Fascinating Acorn Woodpecker

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Acorn Woodpecker. Photo © Alain Poirot|Dreamstime.com. “RAT-TAT-TAT! Rat-tat-tat!”Listen to that woodpecker. It is a common enough sound, but how about a...

Birds…of a Different Feather

Birds…of a Different Feather

Male Great Frigatebird. Photo © Guenterguni|iStock.com. When we hear the word bird, our mind’s eye might see a songbird, a duck, or maybe a parrot—a familiar creature with wings, beak, head, tail,...

Yellow-bellied Bully

Yellow-bellied Bully

I think some birders have feeding stations simply because they enjoy watching for unusual birds or unusual behavior.Recently we had a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers coming to our suet log—one...

Spring Brings the Birds

Spring Brings the Birds

Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Photo © Josephine Dyck. Melodious notes herald the coming of spring at my home in western Texas. Doves, grackles, meadowlarks, Curve-billed Thrashers, mockingbirds, and...

Spring in the North

Spring in the North

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo © Lois Tschetter. Spring is returning to the North. We know because it’s April—late April, in fact. But the scene out the window doesn’t support the spring-is-coming...

Building a Weight-triggered Perch

Building a Weight-triggered Perch

Chipping Sparrow. Photo © Austin Vinar. When trying to photograph skittish birds at my feeder, I’ve often thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trail camera that takes good bird photos…. But,...