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Archive for December 7th, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker: Too Heavy!

A red-bellied woodpecker landed on the seed feeder, but the flapping tells you something’s not right:

Red-bellied woodpecker at feeder - closing

Red-bellied woodpecker at feeder – closing

After the fluttering stopped, the seeds had vanished:

Red-bellied woodpecker at feeder - puzzled

Red-bellied woodpecker at feeder – puzzled

According to our books, a red-bellied woodpecker weighed 72.5 g = 2.6 oz back in 1952. The feeder counterweight reads 3 oz and that’s confirmed by my pull scale. Perhaps woodpeckers suffer from the obesity epidemic, too?

The feeder closes with one cardinal (44 g) and two tufted titmouses (2 x 22 g), all of whom seem rather surprised at the situation.

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