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Among nonpasserines, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers were abundant at all three sites; whereas, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Chimney Swift, Northern Flicker, and Hairy Woodpecker were abundant at Bohm Woods (Table 5).
Home ranges for downy woodpeckers range from approximately 2-12 ha (Jackson and Ouellet, 2002), whereas those for red-bellied woodpeckers range from less than 2 to 19 ha (Shackelford et al.
Although evidence for a positive relationship between woodland size and downy woodpecker population size is lacking, density has been found related to woodland canopy height (Robbins et al.
Worcester's 2012 count totaled an impressive 89 species, which were dominated by 1,741 Canada geese, 1,533 ring-billed gulls, 1,373 black capped chickadees, 1,162 crows, 1,108 juncos, 996 robins, 881 starlings, 829 mallards, 795 house sparrows, 437 common mergansers, 401 goldfinches, 345 rock pigeons, 324 white-breasted nuthatches, 292 titmice, 274 hooded mergansers, 245 mourning doves, 236 blue jays, 196 cardinals, 196 house finches, 190 downy woodpeckers, 174 bluebirds, 138 greater scaup, 138 song sparrows, 135 redpolls, 118 common goldeneyes, 114 red-breasted nuthatches, and 100 black ducks.
Downy woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) can excavate a complete cavity in two weeks, whereas hairy woodpeckers (Picoides villosus) can take up to four weeks (Kilham 1983).
Your article "Ten Birds That Help Control Garden Pests" ["Backyard Habitat," June/July 2002] recommended planting poison ivy for downy woodpeckers and other birds.
These galls in themselves do not cause much damage but downy woodpeckers may remove a lot of bark when searching for over wintering larvae.
Central Park: Frederick Law Olmsted's famous design is home to migrating warblers, downy woodpeckers, and catbirds.
Downy woodpeckers (see drawing at left) go for galls.
Overhead, downy woodpeckers prospected snags for dinner.
There are at least two pairs of cardinals and their offspring among the regulars, along with yellow and purple finches (they turn brown for winter) as well as a rose-breasted grosbeak, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, cowbirds, grackles, robins and blue jays.