Date: 6/5/18 11:41 am From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Woodpeckers and nectar
Hi all, My office at the Museum of Natural History has a great bay window with giant bird-of-paradise outside. Over the past week, I've seen Nuttall's, Acorn, and Downy woodpeckers regularly visiting the blooms drinking something out of the large flowers. At first I was pretty sure it was water they were after, but after watching repeatedly, I think they're also getting nectar, as they sometimes poke around outside the cup of the flower around the base. I have seen Acorn Woodpecker at hummingbird feeders, but not the other two species. I don't find any references to regular nectar-eating for Nuttall's or Downy in BNA--wonder if others have observed this behavior.