This morning I heard a loud chipping noise, and went outside to look into our woods to see what was making the chipping sound? There it was this Male Downy Woodpecker, poking, pecking and chipping away at the tree! The male Downy Woodpecker was looking for insects or insect larvae for his breakfast. Even though it loves to eat berries and seeds, especially in the summer. Usually when they are foraging for insects they will excavate a diseased, rotting, or dying trees.
Woodpeckers are real good at drilling anything from tiny rows of holes, to very huge craters into the wood of trees, houses, or utility poles. During summer days many of the insects will be on the surface of the tree bark. The Downy Woodpecker will forage by utilizing its very long, sticky tongue to get any roving insects through this method. This method will not use and drilling or hammering for its food, because the insects are right there for the woodpecker to spot.
Foraging means they are looking for food. Now in the summer they pick the bark surface of the trees for insects or the larvae, and in the winter they are digging for them. This Woodpecker was so busy working to get his breakfast. It did not give up until it finally found its breakfast, Insect larvae. Once it saw the Larvae it just poked at the yummy breakfast it found. It finally left as a very HAPPY DOWNY WOODPECKER, because todays breakfast was so DELICIOUS!
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