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 W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist
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

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