Gila Woodpecker, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Not a Finch

Not a Finch


Gila Woodpecker, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in post: Not a Finch

Gila Woodpecker on Bird Feeder with House Finches


The large bird in this photo is not a finch.

It’s a Gila Woodpecker (The bird in the bottom right corner of the cage). The other birds are House Finches.

Notice the incredible, twisted position this bird has taken to pluck seeds from the feeder.

This feeder represents human ingenuity. The cage is supposed to let finches enter while keeping unwanted critters (such as squirrels, large birds, and dinosaurs) from taking the food.

And yet, this Gila Woodpecker has managed to beat the obstacles.

That’s an example of bird ingenuity.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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1Comment
  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 09:50h, 27 August

    Steve, I’m always fascinated with your photographs. Looks like they’ll have to build that cage with more space between the wires and the feeder so long-beaked (or armed) critters can’t get in, but hey, it’s pretty cool, isn’t it? People so often underestimate the cleverness of wildlife.

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