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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
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