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Hi Jo Ann,
A.C. Bent says those rattles are communication between a pair, and can
also be communication between a juvenile and a parent.  So, lucky you,
maybe you have, or will have a family close by.
Both male and female rattle and drum alike in all of our MO. woodpeckers
by the way.
I don't imagine that he or she was rattling at you...or was it....?
Larry Herbert, in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.  certhiaATatt.net  5-26-13.
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Subject: Hairy Woodpecker


> Does anyone know what the Hairy is trying to tell the world when he does 
> his kingfisher rattle call? I had one do that today in my yard for the 
> first time when he came to the deck and found the suet bottom-feeder 
> sitting on the rail instead of hanging. I had put it there to keep the 
> starling family from finishing off the last cake of suet. I think he was 
> upset with me. I plan to discontinue feeding suet now that bugs should be 
> plentiful. Julie Zicklefoose of Birder's Digest found that her red-bellied 
> woodpecker seemed to have some foot problem that she felt like was due to 
> her excessive suet-feeding, did research and determined feeding suet in 
> the summer might be harmful. Anyone have similar experience?
>
> Jo Ann Eldridge, Kearney, Clay
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