This tiny bird is a male Downy Woodpecker. It is among the smallest of the woodpeckers in the United States. You can tell it is a male by that red spot on the crown of its head.
The Downy was pecking away at a larger branch in my Live Oak Trees when I spotted it. It flitted around from branch to branch in search of insects. Sometimes when the bird drills or pecks it is done to communicate, other times the drumming or pecking is to drill a hole or enlarge a hole for either a nesting place, or a storage unit. The other reason for pecking, is to discover and dislodge insects in the bark of the tree.
I always love seeing these birds! This is the first woodpecker here in quite a long time. I wish the light was better when I took the pictures. The Live Oaks in the yard are gigantic and are very shady. I had a hard time getting a decent picture and have resorted to heavy editing to show the bird in a way you can see a bit of what the fellow looks like. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
This cute Downey Woodpecker, a hen, was spotted recently pecking on the metal and plastic yard lamp in a neighbor’s front yard. Unfortunately and innocently, woodpeckers love pecking on hollow man-made objects as they enjoy the booming loud noise their drumming produces. This bird circled the globe of the lamp.
This little gal is new to the neighborhood and is likely a migratory bird from up North. It is no secret that I adore woodpeckers of all types; so, welcome little cutie to the neighborhood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Snowy Egret and Florida Mottled Ducks
Over-heated Common Crows
Eastern Blue Jay Perched on a Fence
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Florida Mottled Duck
Older Juvenile American White Ibises
Male Downy Woodpecker
It is likely a House Finch that is attempting to use a decorative nest as it’s own. (Edited caption)
Male Downy Woodpecker
Here are some pictures of both a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a tiny male Downy Woodpecker that were here on my street this last week. I saw that Red-bellied Woodpecker across the street in my neighbor’s tree and on their home (I shooed it away gently as it was drumming on the metal flashing of the eves).
The Downy Woodpecker was looking for insects on my Magnolia Tree. I love all of the woodpeckers and was just thrilled to see both of the birds here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Male Pileated Woodpecker
A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a Downy Woodpecker were all spotted at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, Florida, on February 16, 2015. I also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the Dutton Island Preserve near Jacksonville, Florida, on February 11, 2015; and a Downy Woodpecker at the Guana River State Park on Highway A-1A between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida on February 12, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Female Pileated Woodpecker
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
Here are a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a female Downy Woodpecker, and the boisterous Red-bellied Woodpecker. All were spotted in my yard or in a almost dead pine tree across the street. I really am thrilled to be once again seeing songbirds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A sweet Downy Woodpecker, a vibrant male Northern Cardinal, and a Mockingbird were all spotted here in the past week. I so enjoy hearing the Mockingbirds sing a chorus of different tunes. The Northern Cardinal is a bright cheery addition to the Oaks where it is actively hunting for insects, particularly caterpillars.
The Downy Woodpecker is likely a female. I have seen that woodpecker here on a couple of recent occasions. I believe that bird lives in the trees near the rainfall basin across the street. That basin abuts two streets and the woodpecker lives on the side of the basin along the next street over from us. I really get excited seeing all these birds, especially the woodpecker! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Here are a few pictures that I have taken of birds and critters in the last couple of weeks. The green insect is a Leaf Hopper and is about 3″ long. That insect was on my living room window yesterday morning. Please click on the thumbnail image and as ever, enjoy!
Today’s woodpeckers are the Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. I took the two pictures of the tiny Downy on Oct. 4, 2014. The pictures of the Red-bellied Woodpecker were taken on Oct. 7, 2014. Both birds were spotted in this same tree across the street from my home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and Tufted Titmice have been here in the last couple of days. My neighbor has a bird feeder up and that is a big draw now for these songbirds. There also has been newly seen squirrel interest in that feeder but that is another story.
These little birds are enjoying Millet and Sunflower Seeds from the bird feeders as well as a variety of naturally growing Fall berries and seeds here. The Northern Cardinals, Chickadees,and Carolina Wrens also eat small insects and are having a great time finding caterpillars and other goodies around in this neighborhood. I took these pictures on Oct. 4, 2014 and again on Oct. 5, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!