Date: 6/4/19 8:32 am From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> Subject: Question - Hairy Woodpecker behavior - Clearfield County
For the last couple of weeks, a Hairy Woodpecker has been clinging to the side of my house and taps around my kitchen window on many days. I can see its cute head! This mostly happens around 6:00 - 6:30 A.M., BEFORE I get outside to put the sunflower heart and suet feeders out. I also put sunflower hearts and white millet on the ground. Surely it is not trying to tell me that it is ready for breakfast...is it??? Maybe it is just a coincidence that it is tapping before the feeders go out.....I am curious to know why.
In addition to eating suet, hairy woodpeckers peck sunflower hearts out of my 1/4" screen big sunflower feeders and pick seeds up out of the tray.
My house is set far back from the main road, so I cannot see what is going on down there. A neighbor recently told me that a woodpecker, which I assume was a Hairy from his description, has also been clinging to and tapping on different metal road signs.
All of the above tapping has been slow and random and NOT rapid drumming.