Woodpecker hitches a ride through rain-soaked Chicago

This video came to me via Heather Hastie and Ann German (creator of the Impeach Pussy Grabber website and bumper stickers). That’s all I know about it, save that it’s in Chicago. I don’t even know the species of woodpecker, but I’m sure a reader will! (It must be a hairy or a dowmy.)

 

17 Comments

  1. Gabe McNett
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Looks like a yellow-bellied sapsucker

    • Posted April 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Agreed, definitely, female.

      (Sphyrapicus varius)

  2. Posted April 15, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I’d say definitely Downy by the size. Very unusual behavior though. It must be used to being hand-fed or be somehow habituated to people.

    • Ann German
      Posted April 15, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      Hairy and Downy woodpeckers have the red on the nape of the neck, not the top. This is a sapsucker. Say, while you’re marching today, you can practice a chant/tongue twister: “how much sap could a sapsucker suck if a sapsucker could suck sap?” THAT will keep you on your toes!

  3. Leo Glenn
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Gabe is correct. It’s a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius).

    • Leo Glenn
      Posted April 15, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      I forgot to add that it’s a female.

  4. Rita
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Very sweet. But, I always wonder, when I see animals behaving outside their normal ways, whether there is something wrong. Do birds get rabies? (Not to be a killjoy…)

    • Ann German
      Posted April 15, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      I suspect it may have been dazed from colliding with a window (or something) . . . muscle memory kept it hanging on until it recovered and flew into the car.

    • Blue
      Posted April 15, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      One of the most interesting viruses around the Globe, the rabies virus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabies. And I know, Ms Rita, what you mean re “outside their normal ways” – behaviors.

      Likely, however, this one particular taxi driver ‘ll be just fine.

      Blue

  5. Rupinder
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    What an adorable cutie! Made my day!

    • dabertini
      Posted April 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      By cutie do you mean the bird or the driver, because i could have sworn the driver sounded like PCC(e)? It’s uncanny!

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted April 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

        The bird is a real cutie! And I thought the accent of the driver was very similar to Jerry too. πŸ™‚

  6. loren russell
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Looks as though Uber is getting even creepier in its surveillance of the competition!

  7. rickflick
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m just now getting back into birding after a long absence. I challenged myself to ID this one but came up short. I was going for Hairy. I hadn’t even noticed the red was on the top of the head, not the side. Looking and seeing are two different species.

    • rickflick
      Posted April 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      A good example of confirmation bias.

  8. Mike
    Posted April 16, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    It had one helluva grip. How do you know he was a Taxi Driver ?

  9. Posted April 16, 2017 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    cute


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