This month’s bird is the Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens). Downy Woodpeckers are from a class of birds who use their beaks to peck holes in trees, usually to find insects inside the trees bark to eat or to make a hole to store food for later. Downy Woodpeckers are small, only about 7 inches tall.
Downy Woodpeckers can be recognized by their shrill cheep-like call or by rapid tapping they make when pecking a tree. The tapping sound is referred to as drumming.
A great way to encourage Downy Woodpeckers to visit your backyard is to put up a suet feeder, a preferred food for the bird. Downy Woodpeckers are often seen climbing trees, therefore they are occasionally observed in Rancho San Rafael Park, Davis Creek Park and Oxbow Nature Center.
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Information retrieved from Audubon and Allaboutbirds.org.
In celebration of Nevada Day, we are featuring an honorary bird of the month: our State bird the Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides). Mountain bluebirds are a member of the thrush family. The male birds are a brilliant powder blue, while the females are ash gray.
You may have seen Mountain Bluebirds perched on fence posts or telephone wires where they are hunting for insects to eat. A perfect way to bring a Mountain Bluebird to your backyard is to put up a nest box in your yard. Mountain Bluebirds love using nest boxes, and can have several broods of chicks each Spring. Click here for more information about nesting boxes.
Mountain Bluebirds are a less common bird and enjoy areas with high elevation. They are sometimes seen at Galena Creek County Park and occasionally seen by the sides of rural roads through the Sierras.
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