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Sat Mar 30, 2019, 07:37 AM

Just heard a red-bellied woodpecker call - in Central Maine - this is a southern bird!

Global warming has brought many new southern critters to my neck of the woods in Maine.

I had a possum in my driveway in February.

A possum!

and a Carolina wren (and cardinals and tufted titmice) at my feeder in December and January.

Ugh

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Reply Just heard a red-bellied woodpecker call - in Central Maine - this is a southern bird! (Original post)
jpak Mar 2019 OP
lark Mar 2019 #1
jpak Mar 2019 #5
lark Mar 2019 #6
customerserviceguy Mar 2019 #10
Ohiogal Mar 2019 #2
jpak Mar 2019 #3
Ohiogal Mar 2019 #4
hlthe2b Mar 2019 #7
Laffy Kat Mar 2019 #8
jpak Mar 2019 #9

Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 07:41 AM

1. Wow!!

Climate change is already well on its way.

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Response to lark (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 08:08 AM

5. I heard a woodpecker drumming in my neighborhood last week

I assumed it was a Downy or a Hairy - it was probably the red-bellied.

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 08:15 AM

6. We have the ruby headed woodpecker here, quite a few nests in the area where we walk.

We saw a nest last week in a tree 3 houses down from ours. In a few weeks, we will be constantly hearing them pecking at the old wood of the Live Oaks as we walk in the am and seeing them flying around hunting the next morsel.

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 12:18 PM

10. One of my favorite sayings is

"I was more miserable than a woodpecker with a hangover!"

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 07:46 AM

2. I get visits

to my bird feeders all winter long from the woodpeckers, nuthatches, cardinals, chickadees, and the tufted titmice. They really are fun to watch.

I wonder sometimes about the small critters like the squirrels... I see them out in the winter time occasionally .... don’t they hibernate? Do you see possums in the summertime in your area?

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 07:55 AM

3. Yes - but they are not supposed to be here!

"They" say they eat lots of ticks - I hope this is true.

I never saw a tick in the State of Maine until the year 2000 - now they are everywhere

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Response to jpak (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 08:00 AM

4. Oh yes

I am well familiar with ticks! Last year and so far this year they’ve been abundant around here as well. (NE Ohio). In fact, I had to move my bird feeders away from just outside my back door because according to my vet, the birds were bringing the ticks that kept plaguing our dog.

Now we have moles to watch out for. They can really do a number on the lawn.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 09:50 AM

7. woodpeckers have been out for a few weeks now in Northern Colorado...

They frequent a chimney fixture on a house I pass on my doggy walks. We have light snow this morning, but I heard them yesterday.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 09:51 AM

8. We get eastern flickers here in Colorado.

I guess they migrate.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 11:58 AM

9. Just saw it in the silver maple - definitely a red-bellied

We're doomed.

But also saw a very noisy flock of icterids in the tree down the street - and 2 robins on the sorry sliver of bare ground by the road.

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