Woodpeckers

I have been stalking a bird.  He is really skittish..he is a real looker.  He has been around at least a month..maybe more.

He is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  He visits the suet feeders..he is gone as soon as you open the door.  He can tell when I am in the house. He is not afraid of Chance..just me. Red bellied Woodpecker

So far this is my best shot.  I will keep pursuing him..it is good to have goals.  I had to wait outside a really long time to get one clear shot of him..This is a male..I  know how to tell the difference..a female only has red at the nape of her neck, whereas the male has red on his head and down his nape.   Checking with the bird book..he seems to be a bit more north than usual. Not sure why he is called a Red-Bellied Woodpecker..most likely because Red-Headed Woodpecker was already taken and they had to call him something.

This is a little Downy Woodpecker.

Downy Woodpecker

We have a flock of them.  I can tell it is a Downy Woodpecker because he has bands of black in his outer side tail feathers and a shorter beak than his close relative the Hairy Woodpecker.

Far Guy and I both enjoy watching the birds.  I can almost predict the weather by the bird activity..the day before the weather changes the feeders are busy all day long.  Some how they know that they have to bulk up and weather a storm.  Birds are smarter than we think..what kind of Bed and Breakfast could you find where the people welcome you and put out food for you free of charge everyday?

Today is the last day of November.  I cannot say I am sad to put the grey days of November behind me but I am not ready for December to begin either:(

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2 Responses to Woodpeckers

  1. We see Downies, Hair-ies and our Pileated female. So far the male Pileated is satisfied with eating bugs in tree bark. The Pileated is still scary….it makes a lot of screeching noise when it comes to eat suet..the better to scare the S —— out of the other birds.
    It is prehistoric looking with its glaring golden eyes and huge body I love the bright red feathery “robin hood” cap on its head. These guys are going thru a lot of suet.
    I need to buy another bucket of lard for my homemade recipe.
    WSe hve a huge flock of big sparrows..what kind I have not yet identified. I call them the RAF because they all land at the same time and they all take off together also.
    Good flyers and perchers in our big ash tree close to the deck.

  2. Jan - Alexandria says:

    The red belly has a faint red spot low on his belly right above his legs. We have them here on a regular basis…so pretty. Also have the Downies and the Hairies. The Pillieated comes now and then. I got some good pictures of him feeding off the ground under our feeders last week. They are pretty skidish and no other birds come near when he is there. Lots of birds this fall..may have to take out a loan for the feeder food. And then there are the pesky gray squirrls who are soooo fat this year that they are pear shaped! Neighbor feeds them corn on the ground, so I tell them to go back to her house and stay out of my feeders!