Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Check out the chopstick tail grip!
  Acting on reports of a noisy mystery bird, I raced up the street today at noon (Rapid deployment! Go! Go! Go!), to investigate a churchyard on NDG and Decarie.  I found a crisply-marked male Hairy Woodpecker working the bark on the mature trees.  The 'chopstick-tail' method of gripping the branch was impressive, I thought.

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