Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

This is the famous ‘woody woodpecker’ with a spectacular red head and unmistakable ‘laugh’. A regular in the garden and on the bird feeder.

Sapsucker (woodpecker)

Sapsucker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

Whilst it might seem strange to hope for cold weather when you are on vacation, you will need to come in the winter if you want to see this red-headed woodpecker. Normally it lives at higher elevations but when the temperature gets down below freezing it has to come lower down to find sap.

As their name implies, sapsuckers feed primarily on the sap of trees, moving among different tree and shrub species on a seasonal basis. Insects, especially those attracted to the sweet sap exuding from sap holes, are often captured and fed to the young during the breeding season. Look out for its characteristic pattern of little holes in tree trunks around the property.

 

Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)

Flicker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

As big as the pileated but without the red crest, the flicker is also a regular visitor.

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

Bigger than the Downy but smaller than the Pileated or Flicker – this woodpecker is one of more recent visitors. We don’t see them all the time, but a fairly common sight on the feeder now.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

A very cute little woodpecker – the smallest of our woodpecker family here. Also regularly seen on the bird feeder – and also regularly heard with there cute little high pitched cheap when they are waiting their turn!