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Gillian Henry

Luck, WI, United States


Downy woodpecker eating orange slices at a bird feeder in Wisconsin.

Eat Your Fruit

I kept a supply of oranges for the birds last summer - the usual takers were orioles and red bellied woodpeckers. This little downy must have decided to see what the big attraction was. First, in typical woodpecker style, it had a good old peck at the peel, and only when that failed to yield any results did it give the flesh a try. It seemed to enjoy the experience, but I never saw a repeat of this behavior. Perhaps oranges didn't agree with it after all.

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