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The Juvenile Pileated Woodpecker and the Grey Squirrel

Yesterday morning at around 6:45 AM, I heard the unmistakable call of the Pileated Woodpecker.  I poked my head outside and had a look and yes, there was an older juvenile Pileated Woodpecker in the old dead Oak next to the suet feeder.  The bird kept up its calling and I looked at the suet feeder.  Sure enough, there was a Grey Squirrel up on the feeder furtively snatching suet as fast as it could.  The bird looked terribly confused as to what to do about this unexpected intruder.  It just was very flustered.  It spread its big wings and made a great deal of noise.  I intervened and shooed the squirrel away.  The juvenile Pileated immediately flew the short distance over to the feeder and began to eat.  All was well.  I was glad to help out but the bird just will eventually manage on its own.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  No, I did not feel the VA based earthquake this afternoon.  One of my friends in MA, did, though.  – Wildlifewatcher


Juvenile Eastern Bluebirds

Yesterday was a very pretty day here on the lake.  I saw a duo of juvenile Eastern Bluebirds that came to the suet feeder and also were hunting for bugs in the yard.  I noticed the one bird got its own very big bug.  The Eastern Bluebirds are excellent bug-getters.  They have a lot of intelligence and great eyes.  These babies are getting their blue feathers and still have the spots of a baby.  They are learning fast.  These are likely from the second brood of babies born this Summer.  I am so happy to see these beautiful little birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Red-headed Woodpecker in the Tree

I have taken very few new pictures of wildlife in the past week as our dock is being rebuilt and the critters are staying away from this construction zone.  So here are several different views of a Red-headed Woodpecker that came to call just this morning.  These woodpeckers are here in my neighborhood from mid-Spring through August it seems.  Some do stay in our community all year long but I have not seen any Red-headed Woodpeckers in this neighborhood other than in the Spring and Summer months.  These beautiful insect-eating birds also enjoy seeds, nuts, berries, and certain fruits.  Many Red-headed Woodpeckers do enjoy eating suet from the feeder.  This particular tree has been a favorite of many woodpeckers all Summer long.  I so enjoy having these ruby-red heads here.  Please click on the thumbnail image and, as ever, enjoy!

Downy Woodpeckers at Dusk on a Stormy Evening

Just after the rain stopped here  at dinnertime last evening, I saw a pair of Downy Woodpeckers at the suet feeder and on the dead Oak tree that is right next to that particular feeder.  I have not been seeing many woodpeckers here at all due to the ongoing dock work in the backyard at the lakeshore.  I am always happy to see the little woodpeckers.  The female is the one that is on the feeder (I think).  I know that the male has a red spot on the crown of his head while the female does not have that characteristic.  The woodpeckers like insects, seeds, nuts, berries and small bits of certain fruits.  I think that the fact that the construction crew had left for the day created enough of a calm atmosphere in the yard that the little birds felt safe enough to grab some chow.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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