Hi Sara and all, I have an oriole feeder with three ports, and have had a Downy Woodpecker drinking from it for about 6 weeks now. Earlier this week, a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was also drinking from it (and chasing away anything that got too close. This morning a Black-capped Chickadee stopped by for a drink. Yesterday, I finally got pictures of an actual Baltimore Oriole drinking from the oriole feeder.
Lots of fun for me. Maybe not so much for the birds. Jody Jody W. Enck, PhD Conservation Social Scientist and President, Cayuga Bird Club From: Sara Jane Hymes<mailto:s...@cornell.edu> Sent: Friday, August 12, 2016 10:16 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L<mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Downy WP behavior Recently we have been seeing something we've never had occur at our feeders before. A Downy Woodpecker has become a regular visitor to our hummingbird feeders! Our H-bird feeders are of the 'flat' square variety attaching to window, and a round variety-but flat surface-hanging from a porch. Anyway, we were surprised to see a woodpecker (tending to usually be a female) actively feeding from the feeder. At first I thought the Downy might be getting insects, but then I could see the liquid moving-and realized it was actually sipping the nectar!! We do have a 'dripping' bird bath water supply, but I guess it is just not enough for the Downy. Has anyone else been having this occur at their h-bird feeders during this dry summer? -- Sara Jane Hymes -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics<http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME> Rules and Information<http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave<http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> Archives: The Mail Archive<http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> Surfbirds<http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds> BirdingOnThe.Net<http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html> Please submit your observations to eBird<http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>! -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --