Knock knock…who’s there?

It’s a hairy woodpecker! Park staff heard a knocking on the outer wall of the South Falls Lodge, and looked outside to find a hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) pecking around the wall looking for bugs. Note the bird’s powerful beak, zygodactyl (X-shaped) claws, and stiff tail feathers supporting it while it clings to the wall – all of which are adaptations that help woodpeckers in their daily lives.

For more information on these fascinating birds, look here.

Posted on June 19, 2016, in Park Happenings and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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