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Melissa Mayntz

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

By December 25, 2012

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And another holiday has come! Merry Christmas to you, and Merry Christmas to the birds in our last carol verse...

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Twelve drummers drumming.

No bird family is better known for its drumming capabilities than the Picidae family, the woodpeckers. These birds use drumming as a means to claim territory and attract mates, and their powerful bills are specially adapted for hours of drumming without headaches or other injuries.

What woodpeckers are drumming in your yard this holiday season? Share your sightings in the comments, and happy holidays, one and all!

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Photo Chris Williamson

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