Self service

A chance remark in an email from Annie sent me looking for these photos I took in Newfoundland
We had stayed the night near Springdale at Hull’s Riverview Bed and Breakfast
a lovely place that seemed to be miles from anywhere 
but in fact was only a couple of minutes off the Tran Canada Highway
and were almost ready to leave when I saw this bird on the feeder outside the front window
Stella told me it was a Female Hairy Woodpecker – I do hope I’ve rememberd that correctly
We don’t have them (Woodpeckers) in Australia so out came my little camera
Theres the car waiting out the front but I was in a world of my own
Totally mesmerised by a bird I’d never seen before
It wasn’t in the least bit bothered by me jockeying for a good position at the window
and just went about its business of trying to get to the food
Hope you enjoy watching it – the same as I did
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7 thoughts on “Self service

  1. Yep she is a Hairy. Some people get confused between Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, but Downies are smaller and have a shorter, blunt bill. Great photos and I am glad you were able to enjoy a bird you don't have at home. :)Jessica


  2. Yup, She's a female Hairy woodpecker. The male is identical but has a red patch on the back of his head. The Downey which is smaller does not have that huge black beak,almost the size of her head. One quick fact: her head is big because of the spaces in her skull to offset the strenght of that beak pounding into a tree.She's a beauty. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, N. Ont., Canada.


  3. Did it laugh like the one on TV. lol. thanks for the photo I have never seen or hear of them before. Very educational!! By the way hows the weather down your way, its cold and wet here.


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