The Grey Squirrels are just about the only critters that have been out and about in my yards and on my street during daylight hours in the past few days. This is the beginning of the Acorn harvesting season for the squirrels here. We have a lot of Live Oaks on the street so the Grey Squirrels have been very busy at work. They scurry up and down the large tree trunks and limbs and go way out onto the thinnest of branches.
All this food collecting activity is done to secure a cache of choice Acorns for the squirrels to eat in later weeks. Of course, we do have mild Winters here in Florida. Much of this frenzied food collecting work that these squirrels do, is simply instinctive and not as necessary as is seen in cold climates where food gets scarce in Winter. I took these pictures on August 10, 2013 in my yards. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. I hope you’ll enjoy!
This Red-bellied Woodpecker was up in a Hickory Tree across the street from my home late yesterday afternoon. It was up about twenty-five feet. The sassy bird was hanging on a small branch trying to either get at insects on the cluster of Hickory Nuts or trying to get at the nut meat inside the shell. The woodpecker tried multiple times to get at its food without apparent good success. It was hanging from a fairly thin branch and it was lucky that the bird has ultra sharp claws and a tail that allows for good balance when the bird is upside down!
The photo I have included here of the hole in the trunk of the Red-Oak tree was taken in my own yard in the grove of Oaks next to the pond. I believe that this may be a home of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and perhaps this very one. I have often seen a Red-bellied Woodpecker in that tree where the hole is and have often heard interior pecking and drilling going on. I took the pictures on Oct. 3, 2o12, in my yard and on the street in front of the house and yard here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
A pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers make their home in the Oak tree in the shady grove next to the little farm pond here. I had not seen much of the woodpeckers since we have had such dry weather for the past several weeks. It also was the molting season when the birds are very inactive. I took these pictures on July 9, 2012 from my yard. I saw both birds out. One was up on its usual high perch on the electric pole and the other was perched in the thinning leaves of the Oak tree. The trees have been shedding leaves like mad because of the drought here. I am quite happy that it rained steadily yesterday morning and early afternoon here.
I heard the birds communicating between each other but it was not the usual call or song. Instead of the normal song or call, I heard both birds make a crackling sound that was very low and different. I think that this is a normal thing but I have just never have heard the Red-headed Woodpeckers do this before. I am happy that it’s raining here this morning. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!
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 Great Blue Heron is equally at home up in the crown of a large tree as it is standing knee-deep in the water at the edge of a pond, lake, slow river marsh or ocean shoreline. The Great Blue Herons actually build their nests in the tree tops. I spotted this Great Blue Heron in the top of a living Oak that has a snag-top this morning here at the little farm pond. I often see and photograph woodpeckers in that very spot.
The view is the draw for this bird. It was seeing what the fishing would be or whether or not any interesting things were happening on the pond. Great Blue Herons eat insects, fish, turtles, frogs, eggs and tiny animals. I took the pictures from my living room window. The bird flew off the moment I opened the door to go to the porch to hopefully take pictures from the porch. I took the pictures yesterday, May 23, 2012 in the morning. It was pretty foggy out when I took the pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Today I am showing pictures that I took this past week of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a Red-Headed Woodpecker. Both reside in the Oaks in my yard. The Red-Bellied has a pinkish-white belly and an orange-red cap on its head. It has barred or checkered black and white patterned back feathers. It has a lot of white on its face and has the characteristic stout, long, sharp bill that many woodpeckers have.
The Red-Headed Woodpecker looks like its whole head was dipped in a scarlet-red paint. It also has a black and white back but the feather coloring is in large blocks of color. The tail feathers of the Red-Headed Woodpecker are white. Both of these woodpeckers eat insects, seeds, nuts, and fruits. They love acorns, nuts and berries and will store the nuts and acorns away for future use. The woodpeckers live in hollowed out spaces in the tree trunks or in larger limbs of huge trees. Both of the woodpeckers I am showing today have been at my bird feeder in recent days to snack on seed. I took these picrtues in my yard and from my living room window on May 20, 2012, and also on May 22, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!I
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!
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!
Now there are two woodpecker families here. I saw and heard a Red-Bellied Woodpecker here the other day up in one of the pond-side Oaks. It trilled its call a number of times and flitted around the now fully-leafed out branches. I think that there are caterpillars in the Oaks that the woodpeckers find delicious. The other of the woodpeckers in residence here is the Red-Headed Woodpecker. I saw it yesterday up at the top of the electric pole near the house. It too was trilling away. These two kinds of woodpecker have similar calls and songs but the Red-Bellied’s song is louder and longer in my opinion. I took these pictures on May 7, 2012, and again on May 8, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!