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Pileated Woodpeckers...three's a crowd

We've had two Pileated Woodpeckers (male and female) making regular visits to our yard the past few days. This afternoon I noticed a male Pileated feeding at the suet cage, but he seemed to have a different technique than usual. Suddenly a second male Pileated flew across the yard right at him and forced him to fly up into a tree. The first male tried to come back to a different feeder but once again was driven away by the other male. Eventually he gave up and flew out of the yard. The aggressive male briefly went over to feed at the suet, and then positioned himself in a nearby pine tree. The female Pileated stayed out of the skirmish.

The male Red-bellied Woodpecker continues to visit our yard. Here's a photo from yesterday when he was resting high in our birch tree. And a photo of one of the male Pileateds at the suet. (Bracebridge)


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