[midvalleybirds] More Lewis's Woodpecker observations and stuff
fhkolwicz1 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 21 23:23:22 PST 2019
The bird is still hanging around the nestbox on private property north
of Baskett Slough and I've been watching it almost daily since I
previously posted. It is very calm and doesn't raise a hair when I'm in
my car 30 or 40 feet away.
It has extended it's territory to the other side of the pond where there
is a snag that it uses to stash bugs, just like Acorn Woodpeckers do
with seeds, and it defends that snag and the nestbox tree and vicinity
against any Flickers that try to land there (I haven't seen any
interactions with the local Acorn Woodpeckers). It also uses the nestbox
during the day as shelter against weather and predators: when a
Sharp-shinned Hawk was in the area, the Lewis's flew directly to the box
and ducked inside until the coast was clear.
The other morning I was pleased to see a young Red-tailed Hawk bathing
on the far side of the pond along with it's own audience of ducks! The
dozen or so Hooded Mergansers and Mallards swam right over to the hawk
to within about 20 to 50 feet and stayed there the whole time, that is,
until it flew up onto a broken limb and was above them, preening.
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