Avians and Acrobats

“Birds are indicators of the environment.  If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.”  Roger Tory Peterson

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

While one may want to call this feeder friend, a red-headed woodpecker, that name is already taken. The angle of the camera shot does not reveal it’s actual name,  red-bellied woodpecker.  Red-bellied woodpeckers can be attracted to feeders by suet, peanuts, and as in this feeder example,  black-oil sunflower seed.  A year round resident and cavity nester, this predator uses its sticky tongue to extract prey from bark crevices.  Learn more about this colorful avian at All About Birds,  hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

 

 

 

Raccoon raiding bird feeder

This little hairy acrobat, as well as squirrels, are frequent visitors  to backyard feeders. Baffles are often recommended as deterrents and sometimes work.  While Wild Bird Unlimited offers a cleverly designed feeder to deter the little raiders, it is a little pricey. However, it does  come with a lifetime warranty. For those who have seen enough acrobatics, this feeder may be of use. Click here to investigate.