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    Do you now anything about Northeastern birds? update: pictures

    lol, well my mom put a bird feeder out for the returning birds and I have a few questions about recent visitors. So far I have seen a female cardinal, a wood pecker (not sure on gender), and some sparrows. My question is, do cardinals find mates at this time of year, because my mom said there was a male too? Also how can you tell the gender of a woodpecker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    Also how can you tell the gender of a woodpecker?
    That's tough to do since they all have peckers....

    Oh my, I crack myself up sometimes....

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2175685_iden...oodpecker.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWurm View Post
    That's tough to do since they all have peckers....
    Not only that, but they also all have wood..

    Scot

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    A male and female cardinal do seem to hang around with each other through the winter, but they have a very obvious courtship phase in the spring, with males singing in separate trees trying to draw in a female. I don't know if the same birds remain a pair the second year.

    The most common woodpeckers where I live are Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, which would be impossible to tell apart except that the Downy is much smaller. The males have some red on their head and the females don't. What I didn't know until I typed Downy into Wikipedia to check the spelling is that Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers aren't close relatives and are an example of convergent evolution. I worry about raising the dreaded e-word and coming back to find 25 pages of verbal sparring, but that surprised me because they seem so similar and I had assumed they're close relatives.
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    lol, I don't think evolution can cause a religious debate. I believe I have the downy one because it was small. Also thanks for the reply without making a dirty pun.

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    I don't think evolution can cause a religious debate.
    Famous last words.

    But I'll make you a deal: This thread is not to be turned in to an argument thread regarding religions, evolution, or anything else that doesn't regard directly to the OP's questions or related topic branches.

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    ok, I saw a small gray bird with a white and black colored face. What is it? Also their is a grayish black bird about the same size with a black curved beak. Any ideas?

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    The small one with black & white face is probably a chickadee. You can generally hand-feed them. I don't know about the other one. Maybe a tufted titmouse? I hate to mention it, given what happened earlier with woodpecker, but that's a common bird around New England feeders and they're gray. But I don't remember them having a curved beak. You might want to go to the library and get a Peterson's guide book or search for an online bird identifier. If you find this interesting, you'll want to get a book.
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