Yikes! What's that bird doing, pounding on my house? In early spring, a male flicker may drum on a metal stovepipe or other resonant surface – a pole, a sign, the trunk of a tree – attempting to attract a mate and proclaim his territory. Many other woodpeckers do the same. Let's look at a few...
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker pounds on a gutter
A Downy Woodpecker works away at a tree
Hoping to woo his lady-love
A Pileated Woodpecker pounds on a dead snag
Meanwhile, a male Hairy Woodpecker works away at a decaying log
A male Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus – the “golden chiseler) drums on a rotting board ...
This adult Acorn Woodpecker was either feeding young in a nest, or storing acorns, behind the lovely decorative eaves on the Madera Kubo Bed & Breakfast. (The Acorn Woodpecker was the inspiration for Woody!)
A Red-bellied Woodpecker favors a snag
And a Red-headed Woodpecker finds his own instrument
While one Red-breasted Sapsucker chooses a cedar fence
And another holds forth on a chimney pipe!
Drumming, drilling, or excavating? It's important to know the difference. Check out this BirdNote show to learn more: Flicker Attack