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A Tale of Three Red-Headed Woodpeckers

These three Red-Headed Woodpeckers were flying around the yard here on May 24, 2012 in the late afternoon.  I think one must have been a female and the other two males but it is quite hard to tell which gender these birds are since both males and females look pretty-much alike.  The birds were either on the electric pole or up in the crown of one of the Oaks that is next to the pond.  They seemed to be agitated to a degree.  That same Oak was where the Great Blue Heron recently perched.  The dead top of that tree is a popular place for the birds here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Goslings

The family of Canada Geese is doing just fine here on the little farm pond and around the grassy pastures here.  The seven goslings are two weeks old and are growing a lot.  They are beginning to look a lot more like geese then they had earlier when they were little yellow fluff-balls.  The Canada Geese eat grass and certain tender plants as well as some of the grains.  They are content here eating the grass.  The goslings have been out on the pond several times a day with the parents.  At least one adult is always with the goslings.  The Canada Geese are devoted parents.  The goslings won’t fly until they are between three and four months of age.  I have enjoyed seeing the babies here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Woodpecker Wednesday – The Red Headed

Here are some more pictures of the resident Red-Headed Woodpecker that I took yesterday.  The bird has learned to use the bird feeder and comes for seed at least once a day.  I have decided that Red-Headed Woodpeckers like wooden electric poles.  I have seen many woodpeckers on the tall poles.  They must get a lot of sound out of pecking on the hard wood.  As long as the bird does not damage the pole or the electric equipment, I am not unhappy to let the birds perch on the pole.

I believe that the=re are several Red-Headed Woodpeckers around here.  There may be several of these birds in the fringe of hardwood forest that is South of my home at the street.  I am quite pleased each time I see the woodpeckers.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Brown Thrasher in the Woods

This Brown Thrasher was up on a dead tree located in the woodlands in what I refer to as the gulch area a few days ago.  I was taking pictures of the Baltimore Oriole that was nearby and saw this Brown Thrasher.  This was the first Brown Thrasher I have seen here at the little farm.  These are medium-sized birds that are approximately the same size as a Mockingbird.  Their color is a rusty brown on the back and head and a buff with brown streaks on the underside of the wings and on their chest.    The Brown Thrasher has a stout pointed bill.  They hunt for insects on the ground in ditches and in woodland areas.  I have only seen a few of these birds ever.  They are shy birds.  I was glad to get the pictures.  I took these pictures on May 5, 2012 late in the afternoon from my driveway at the street here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Couple of Cardinals

Northern Cardinals have been living in the grove of trees next to the pond this season.  I often see the male at the feeder and am now occasionally seeing the female there at the feeder as well. The cardinals really love Sunflower seeds and also Millet.The male is the one with the bright red feathers and black mask on its face over the eyes.  The female is a reddish-brown with a faint darker brown mask on her face.  It is now nesting season so in coming weeks we surely will be seeing juveniles with the devoted parents.  I took these pictures on April 30, 2012, May 3, 2012, and again on May 8, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Blue Jay in the Oak

Eastern Blue Jays have started to come to the area of the Oak grove next to the little farm pond in recent days.  They are at the feeder in the early mornings.  Eastern Blue Jays are a bit larger than the Western Jays or the Scrub Jays.  They are a bright blue, and white with black accents.  They have a long pointed medium-thick black bill.

The Jays roost in the woods in front of the little farm here.  The Blue Jays eat seeds, fruits, nuts, some spiders and occasional worms or caterpillars. The Blue Jays have a very loud screeching song and also have a musical couple of high-low  notes for the calls.  I am glad to see these beautiful birds!  I took these pictures on May 1, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Ruby-Red Cardinal at the Feeder

This male Northern Cardinal is in the height of his glory feather color-wise.  Nesting season is when the birds, especially so for the males, don their brightest and most handsome colors.  This is to impress the female birds, even if the female is already the male’s mate.  So hubba-hubba, this Northern Cardinal is spectacular in the sunlight at the bird feeder.  He has learned to find tasty bird seeds such as the Sunflower Seed, cracked Corn, and Millet.

The only thing that occasionally changes his plans is the bully bird, a male Red-Winged Blackbird.  That Blackbird is quite territorial about the feeder which he has claimed.  So the cardinal works around the comings and goings of the Blackbird!  I took these pictures from my living room window on April 30, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wild Waterfowl on the Pond

There were four different species of duck as well as the Canada Geese here on the pond on April 28, 2012 when I took these pictures from my yard.  The ducks here were:  Wood Ducks, Ring-Necked Duck, Mallard Ducks, and a pair of Blue-Winged Teal Ducks.  They were all bunched up in the spillway area of the dam because the cows were wading in the pond a little ways up on that same shoreline.  Funny to see the papa Canada Goose basically surrounded by all those ducks.  Good thing everyone gets along well. I was quite happy to see the ducks.  It won’t be long now before the geese have their new arrivals.  The goose eggs should hatch out any day now.  Will be nice to see the Canada Goslings when they hatch.  I’ll keep you posted.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Flock of Wood Ducks Arrives at the Farm Pond

Wood Ducks came to call on April 21, 2012.  This is the first time I have seen a flock here.  Usually I see four or five but more likely just a trio.  The big flock was a pleasant surprise.  Notice that most of these ducks are drakes or males.  The drakes are the colorful ones with brown, green, orange, blue, black, white and red feathers.  A walking rainbow!  The hens are cocoa brown and white with black accents.  Both are smaller ducks.  They whistle-quack.  They nest in trees and have long toenails on webbed feet.  Wood Ducks like eating insects both aquatic and land-based.  They are very shy ducks and live in our area of Cumberland County, TN, year around.  I am very happy to have seen these beautiful ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

More Spring Scenes on the Little Farm

Mourning Dove

Here are some photographs I took in the last week here on the little farm.  I saw a Mourning Dove on the bird feeder trying to figure out how to get at the seed.  I also checked in on the mother to be Canada Goose.  You can see the downy nest (white blob like area on the grass near the goose).  Lots of different birds here each day.  The weather has been windy, cooler and at times, slightly rainy.  I enjoy being out with the camera and seeing the birds, small animals and fish.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Barn Swallows

Canada Goose

Mallard Drake, Ring-necked Hen

Red-winged Blackbird Male

White-breasted Nuthatch

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