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A Wet Tufted Titmouse

A Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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Handsome House Finches

There have been a few male House Finches here that are just exceptionally handsome in their Salmon-red colored breeding season feathers.  Soon the red will become much duller but for now, wow, are these boys handsome!  The females are similar without the red over-tones.  These finches have been enjoying their bird seed treats of Millet quite a lot.  They also enjoy Niger or Nyger Thistle seeds which I do not have in my feeder.  I took these pictures in my yard yesterday afternoon (Nov. 10, 2012).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Now I Know!

The Northern Mockingbird has been a great mimic of Red-headed Woodpecker here.  I have been fooled a few times thinking I was hearing a Red-headed Woodpecker or a Red-bellied Woodpecker or even a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker!  Now I know why.  Oh the Woodpecker and the Mockingbird should be friends (to paraphrase and borrow from the great musical play, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein).  Ha!

I was out with the camera on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and saw this juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker up on the dead top of one of the Oak Trees next to the pond here.  There also was a Northern Mockingbird up near the Woodpecker.  Both seemed busy working on finding insects in the tree.  I think that the youngster just was inexperienced and did not mind the presence of that Mockingbird.  My guess anyway.  Note that the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker actually has a dark brown head.  They do not get that scarlet red color until adulthood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Woodpecker Wednesday: A Red-Headed Woodpecker Pecks

I was walking along my driveway near the street when I noticed a Red-Headed Woodpecker on one of the larger Oaks here.  It was walking up the trunk and then it stopped and started pecking at the bark.  I think it is either drilling a new home or is building a pantry cache spot in the trunk.  The other possibility is that there may have been insects in the bark that the bird was trying to get at.  I took the pictures rather late in the afternoon.  After a few minutes, the bird gave up and flew off.

I just love watching the woodpeckers!  Right now, the only woodpeckers I am seeing out are the Red-Bellied and the Red-Headed.  I do occasionally hear a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker (yes, it is the woodpecker and not a Mockingbird calling) way out in the yard.  My husband also told me he saw the flicker here recently.  I do get to see the Red-Headed Woodpeckers almost daily here now.  I took these shots on June 3, 2012 on the street in front of my home here at the little farm.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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