Gila Woodpecker, Female on Hummingbird Feeder, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Not a Hummingbird Either

Not a Hummingbird Either


Gila Woodpecker, Female on Hummingbird Feeder, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in post: Not a Hummingbird Either

Gila Woodpecker, Female, on Hummingbird Feeder


Okay, this is not a hummingbird either.

After a recent blog (see: Not a Hummingbird), a comment came in.

It was, “What about me?”

So I needed to post another photo of a Gila Woodpecker, in this case a female.

Certainly, this is not a hummingbird.

It is, however, similar to the bird in the last blog with one important difference. Note the absence of any red on her head.

There’s another important insight that appears in both of these photos.

Note that the bird has turned its tail sharply toward the hummingbird feeder.

This is natural behavior for woodpeckers. They use their tails as a third point to stabilize themselves when on tree trunks.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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3 Comments
  • Debbie Allen
    Posted at 09:24h, 11 August

    Yep, I have something drinking all the sugar water out of my feeders too…only they are at night. I am thinking bats, but don’t know for sure.

  • Melody Lassalle
    Posted at 11:20h, 11 August

    Steve, what a beautiful photograph! We have a couple of the red headed woodpeckers in our neighborhood, but I’ve never seen one of these. Is this the female of the same type or a different woodpecker entirely?

  • Steve Kaye
    Posted at 16:37h, 21 August

    This is the female, Gila Woodpecker. The male (with a bit of red on his head) appeared in the previous blog. Thanks for asking.

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