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Yard Birds

Here are some pictures of some of the songbirds that regularly show up here in the yards.  I often see Tufted Titmice, Brown-headed Cow Birds, Northern Cardinals, House Finches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Common Crows.  I took these pictures in my yard on various days in the last several days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Encounters of the Woodpecker Kind

This female Downy Woodpecker just wanted to grab a bite to eat at the suet feeder attached to the side of the regular bird-seed hopper tray feeder.  The obstacle to getting this snack was the huge male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker that was also eating suet at that same feeder.  Which bird would win?  The answer is both.  The birds decided to be courteous and let one another eat.  The picture of the female Downy Woodpecker in flight with that Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was one of the more unusual photographs I have taken of woodpeckers.  After eating, the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker first flew over to the wheelbarrow to explore in that area of the yard, and then flew to a fallen log where it settled down for ground-based hunting.  The female Downy Woodpecker does not have any red on its head.  The male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker has a distinctive black mustache mark on its face.  I took these pictures from my windows on May 18, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

An Almost Daily Visit by the Pileated Woodpeckers

There are now two Pileated Woodpeckers that are coming to eat suet at the backyard bird feeder nearly every day.  An interesting thing that I have seen is that after eating,  the big Pileated Woodpecker goes to the dead Oak Tree  and wipes its bill of the suet.  The Pileated Woodpeckers are enjoying a commercial, “Fruit flavored” peanut enhanced suet block.  In fact, I think that these woodpeckers think this suet is like their candy treat! The Pileated Woodpeckers eat insects from the bark layers of trees and also enjoy berries, nuts, and some fruits.  The Pileated Woodpeckers are probably among the largest of the woodpeckers.  They are  a gorgeous black, white, and red with just a touch of yellow at the top of the bill area.  I am just wowed by the Pileated Woodpeckers!

In one picture here,  if you look very carefully, you will see the Pileated Woodpecker’s tongue sticking out.  Recently I was out on the deck, and my husband was digging in what will be a raised bed vegetable garden plot.  The Pileated Woodpecker came to the feeder and continued eating while we both were outside.  I guess he trusts that we won’t harm him.  Great to see the pleasant tolerance this smart bird has for us!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

This Pileated Woodpecker Knows Where the Feeder is!

A fairly young-looking Pileated Woodpecker has become a regular at my backyard lakeside bird feeder.  That particular bird feeder has a very appealing suet cake on the side of the birdseed hopper.  What is ironic is that the suet cake is pretty old.  Who can tell what is the draw for some birds to come to any one feeder.  The Pileated is among the largest of the North American woodpeckers.  This individual has been around here for about a month.  This woodpecker is now on the backyard trees and the suet feeder at least once a day and sometimes more often.  The woodpecker and I played a visual game of peek-a-boo when it discovered I was out on the balcony above the feeder and was watching with the large camera.  It patiently finished eating and then flew up to the nearby dead Oak Tree.  That Pileated Woodpecker walked up the trunk from one side to the other,  all the way to the top  of the tree.  Every few feet up the tree, the woodpecker would peek at me to check if I was still watching.  Once the Pileated Woodpecker got to the top of the tree, it looked at me and off it flew.  As far as I know, that bird lives a short way across the lake.  I think it loads up on insects for its young and eats suet for itself.  That is just a guess on my part though.  By the way, the suet has peanuts in it.  I am always happy to see the big noisy interesting and unique bird!  I took these pictures from my deck on April 10, 2011, and again on April 13, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Pileated Woodpecker on the Feeder

Recently a Pileated Woodpecker came to have a snack of suet in my backyard.  The large woodpecker saw that my usually full big suet cage was nearly empty and chose to eat at the small suet cage instead.  The Pileated Woodpecker has a scarlet red wedge-shaped top-knot on its head.  The wings of the Pileated Woodpecker are mostly black on the top with white underneath.  The chest is white, and the head is white and black.  A tiny area of yellow can be seen just above the bill.  The Pileated Woodpecker is expressive and has a loud trilling call.  Like the other woodpeckers, the Pileated Woodpecker has sharp curved long claws on its feet.  It can climb trees very well.

The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the largest of the Woodpeckers.  It has a very thick pointed bill that it uses to drill, drum, and peck with.  The woodpecker drills holes to store food, to create a nest, to communicate by drum sound, and to enlarge a nest or home in a tree trunk or large limb cavity.  Usually the Pileated Woodpecker eats insects, but also is likely to eat acorns, nuts, berries, and some fruits.  It is a very unusual looking bird and I am glad to see it every time it visits!  I took these pictures in the morning on April 6, 2011 from my windows.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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