Knock Knock!

Downy Woodpecker

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Downy Woodpecker

What do you get if you cross a woodpecker with a carrier pigeon ?

A bird who knocks before delivering its message !

Interesting Fact: The Downy Woodpecker eats foods that larger woodpeckers cannot reach, such as insects living on or in the stems of weeds. You may see them hammering at goldenrod galls to extract the fly larvae inside. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Downy_Woodpecker/lifehistory )

Red Means Stop!

Northern Cardinal male

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Northern Cardinal ( Male  )

What goes ‘peck, bang, peck, bang, peck, bang’ ?

A bunch of chickens in a field full of balloons !

Interesting Fact: The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding territory from other males. When a male sees its reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend hours fighting the imaginary intruder. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/lifehistory )

Peek A Boo!

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

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White-breasted Nuthatch

What do you call a crazy chicken ?

A cuckoo cluck !

Interesting Fact: In winter, White-breasted Nuthatches join foraging flocks led by chickadees or titmice, perhaps partly because it makes food easier to find and partly because more birds can keep an eye out for predators. One study found that when titmice were removed from a flock, nuthatches were more wary and less willing to visit exposed bird feeders. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-breasted_Nuthatch/lifehistory )

Catching Some Rays

Carolina Wren 1

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Carolina Wren

Why did the bird join he air force?

He wanted to be a parrot trooper!

Interesting Fact: A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair will stay together for life. Members of a pair stay together on their territory year-round, and forage and move around the territory together. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Wren/lifehistory )

Branch Out To Something New

Tufted Titmouse 1

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Tufted Titmouse

Why does a chicken coop have two doors ?

Because if had four doors it would be a chicken sedan!

Interesting Fact: Unlike many chickadees, Tufted Titmouse pairs do not gather into larger flocks outside the breeding season. Instead, most remain on the territory as a pair. Frequently one of their young from that year remains with them, and occasionally other juveniles from other places will join them. Rarely a young titmouse remains with its parents into the breeding season and will help them raise the next year’s brood. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tufted_Titmouse/lifehistory )

I’d Climb The Highest Mountain

Dark-eyed Junco 1

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Dark-eyed Junco 

How long do chickens work?

Around the cluck!

Interesting Fact: The Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent, from Alaska to Mexico, from California to New York. A recent estimate set the junco’s total population at approximately 630 million individuals.  ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/lifehistory )

Fly High And Touch The Sky

Cooper’s Hawk

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Cooper’s Hawk

Why did the rooster run away?

He was chicken!

Interesting Fact: Once thought averse to towns and cities, Cooper’s Hawks are now fairly common urban and suburban birds. Some studies show their numbers are actually higher in towns than in their natural habitat, forests. Cities provide plenty of Rock Pigeon and Mourning Dove prey. Though one study in Arizona found a downside to the high-dove diet: Cooper’s Hawk nestlings suffered from a parasitic disease they acquired from eating dove meat. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/lifehistory )