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Cool Weather Coots

The American Coots are here in this area in a big way.  The numbers of Coots has increased steadily.  I took these pictures at two different local lakes on Nov. 23, 2012.  At one lake, I saw a small group of maybe fifty Coots.  At the other lake which is fairly close to my current home here at the little farm, there are probably five hundred Coots!  The flocks that are newer to the area still tend to huddle together in a large raft formation.  Coots do this for security against predators.  The weather here in Cumberland County, TN, has recently been very cool and getting colder by the day.  The Coots are Winter visitors here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Flock of Red-headed Woodpeckers

On April 15, 2012 at just about dusk,  I saw a flock of at least five Red-headed Woodpeckers in the trees and on the electric power poles on the street just in front of the little farm here.  I had never before seen more than two of these gorgeous woodpeckers together in one place.  I think that a courtship ritual was going on at the time.  There was one Red-headed Woodpecker on each of two power poles drumming away and making a single call.

The wooden poles were adjacent.  There were an additional three woodpeckers, each in a tree near the poles.  The woodpeckers would drum  and then engage in a short skirmish with one or two other Red-headed Woodpeckers on the poles.  One bird would replace the other, and the loser would fly to a tree.  This continued for several minutes.  It was thrilling and comical!  I have never seen anything like it.  These beautiful birds have a ruby-red head and neck with a black back.  The other areas are a bright white.  The bird has a white tip on the tail feathers.  Being woodpeckers, these birds have a strong thick long pointed bill.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Oops!  At least one of my Red-headed friends has discovered that my steel house rain gutters sound great when drummed or pecked.  Yikes!  Soft discouragement (Hubby going out on the porch and making lots of noise) is in fine order.  I’ll let you know what happens.  Wildlifewatcher.

A Flock in Flight

A bunch of the Canada Geese here were out on the cow pasture that our neighbor farmer has across the pond here.  The geese grazed  on tender new grass.  Along came the farmer in his truck to do some work near the barn which is fairly close to the pond.  The geese just could not bear the thought of a truck coming their direction, even if not very close to the area where they were feeding.  Off they flew!  I have never seen such a large number of geese take wing all at the same time so close to where I was at.  I was out taking pictures and of course, took photographs of the geese flying off.  This was unusual for me to see.  Perhaps the geese are not residents here or maybe it is just a breeding season thing.  I think that the flock just hopped over to the nearby lake to calm down.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

A Flock of Turkey Vultures Soars Overhead

I was looking out over the lake yesterday late in the afternoon when I spotted a flock of Vultures soaring over the opposite shoreline of the lake.  At times, weather conditions are good for the larger birds to just fly and soar around on updrafts.  Of course, the other possibility is that the flock was around to do what nature intended for buzzards to do – cleanup work.  It was interesting to see eight or so big-winged birds together in the sky over the lake.  This is the first time I have seen Turkey vultures in this neighborhood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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