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Thanks, Larry. The Hairy WP has been a daily visitor to our yard since 
winter, so hopefully he is nesting . It has been a joy to be able to confirm 
being able to tell the difference between the Hairy's call note and the 
Downy Woodpecker's. Nothing like the real thing versus a recording.

Jo Ann Eldridge, Kearney, Clay
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Herbert" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Jo Ann Eldridge" <[log in to unmask]>; <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:59 PM
Subject: Re: Hairy Woodpecker


> 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.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jo Ann Eldridge" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2013 8:32 PM
> 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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