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Birds of Kentucky: Was it a woodhen which made chips fly?

Three types of woodpeckers in one sighting reminded watcher of the big bird which could spray chips in all directions, a bird remembers being called a Woodhen

By Fay W. McKinley

While watching birds in my backyard today I observed three different types of woodpeckers.

This got me to thinking about birds I had seen before that were called wood hens.

These birds were always pecking at a rotting stump or tree trunk. They were probably looking for worms or bugs.

The last one I saw was at least two or three years ago.

Can anyone tell me the proper name for this bird? I cannot find a picture the internet or in any of the bird books I have of the bird when I look under the category of woodpeckers - so maybe it is something else.

This bird could send chips of wood flying in every direction.

I once accused my son and his friend of making a mess in the yard by using their pocket knifes on a stump.

They denied doing it and I didn't believe them until I caught the bird in the act. - Fay W. McKinley

This story was posted on 2012-01-11 05:03:59
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