November 25th, I was out on my morning walk with my camera. There had been a fresh fall of snow and all was quiet and still. Suddenly, I heard a loud tap tap tap sound coming from the spruce grove that surrounds our house.
I looked up and saw a downy hairy woodpecker busily pecking away at a dead snag in the spruce.
The little fellow was preoccupied drilling holes, searching for insects in the rough bark. He paid no attention to me, standing right below, snapping one picture after another.
All of a sudden, I was startled by an aerial commotion – a whir of wings and feathers. Out of nowhere, a large, red headed bird flew aggressively right at the little woodpecker. It flew off in a panic.
I’m not a birder
doesn’t this woodpecker look like this one?
I was trying to identify it when I read this information on the PEI govt. website. It comes from The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island which retains and publishes records of bird sightings.
If it really is the red-bellied woodpecker, then I’ve had a rare sighting on PEI.
Autumn – August 16 to December 14 – (southerly migration) Accidental, 9 or fewer records per century.
I hope he sticks around.
But I bet the downy hairy woodpecker is of a different opinion.