Date: 6/5/18 11:25 am From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Hairy Woodpeckers
Thanks, Dave - it just struck me as very early for a fully-fledged independent Hairy (he did not appear to be with Mom), even thought the Atlas safe date is 4/25. Now, subsequent to my last post, a brown adult male arrived in addition to the two adult females, one of which is also brown - so perhaps they are an item. I did not notice the juvie as being brown so maybe I have two families in my yard. Have not seen him again.
Angela many juvenile Hairys are red on the front of the crown (or forehead), so just an early fledging. I do love Hairy Woodpeckers! As for the darker female, could be diet related or tannin staining. I've seen several Hairy's with "off" white coloration over the years, including one black and butterscotch colored female at White Memorial 20 or more years ago. She was beautiful in her unusual garb.
Dave Provencher Preston
From: <ctbirds...> To: <ctbirds...> Sent: 2018-06-05 10:09:01 AM Subject: [CT Birds] Unusual Hairy Woodpeckers
June 5 - my yard: resident female hairy woodpecker - or perhaps another - this morning appears creamy-beige not white - tannin from nest tree perhaps? Also an apparent juvenile with a streaked red forehead but not the back of the crown - early fledgling or oddity?
Angela Dimmitt New Milford
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 10:41:28 -0400 From: Angela Dimmitt <angeladimmitt...> To: <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Hair Woodpecker - now 2 Females
Since I posted recently, I just saw two adult female hairy woodpeckers on the feeders at the same time, a regular and the "brown" one! Quite a contrast. Angela Dimmitt New Milford