We have observed Downy Woodpeckers drinking from our hummingbird
feeders for many years out here in Weybridge. Of course, Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds drink from Y-B Sapsucker sapwells, so I guess fair is fair.
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jean`
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:31 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] woodpeckers and syrup
I wonder if woodpeckers drinking from hummingbird feeders is a
learned behavior. In Arizona, Gila Woodpeckers are regular sippers
at feeders. I have never, either, seen that behavior here. But is
it so far from sapsuckers drinking sap? It will be interesting to
hear if others have seen this behavior here and if the phenomenon
grows in frequency.