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  •  Thank you mm! (5+ / 0-)

    I'm surprised that they are the second or third most common woodpecker in your yard. I didn't realize they were that abundant anywhere.  Very welcome news. They seem to have found a way to adapt to their rapidly changing environment.

    I suspect the pronunciation thing is regional, though I have heard it pronounced both ways right around here. For me it would take a conscious effort on my part to change how I say it after all these years.  I'll probably continue to mispronounce it.  Old dog, new tricks.......

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:54:09 AM PST

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    •  Woodpecker abundances seem a bit odd (5+ / 0-)

      in my neighborhood and north Florida in general based on my experience elsewhere.

      To start with Hairy Woodpeckers seem to be quite localized and I'm not sure I've ever seen one in the state. Likewise Flickers although to a lesser extent.  So two birds that are among the most common woodpeckers other places I've lived in the east are very uncommon here.

      In contrast Red-Headed Woodpeckers are quite common, just not in my neighborhood.  I've seen them frequently on campus in the middle of the city but never anywhere near my house.

      What I do see at home are Red-bellied (by far the most common) and Downies and Pileateds.  Hard to compare abundances as the Pileated are so much more conspicuous (easy to miss a Downy high in live oak - hard to miss a Pileated).

      "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

      by matching mole on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:01:14 PM PST

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      •  I think that our most common woodpeckers here are (5+ / 0-)

        probably the Downy's though the Redbellies aren't far behind them. Flickers seem to come and go, at times we have a lot of them around and other times we hardly ever see one. Hairy's aren't abundant but not at all uncommon.  Redheads on the other hand are our rarest. We used to see them regularly but their numbers have declined dramatically over the last ten years or so. We still see them but not nearly as often. I've noticed though that they seem to be more abundant along the rivers not too far from here. I think that is probably  due to there being more and bigger dead trees in the river bottoms, but some other factor may be involved too. I wish we had more of them around the house. They are one of my favorite birds.

        You're right, hard to miss a Pileated if one is in the neighborhood! Even if you don't see it , you'll probably hear it.

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

        by burnt out on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:25:05 PM PST

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