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Now I Know!

The Northern Mockingbird has been a great mimic of Red-headed Woodpecker here.  I have been fooled a few times thinking I was hearing a Red-headed Woodpecker or a Red-bellied Woodpecker or even a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker!  Now I know why.  Oh the Woodpecker and the Mockingbird should be friends (to paraphrase and borrow from the great musical play, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein).  Ha!

I was out with the camera on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and saw this juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker up on the dead top of one of the Oak Trees next to the pond here.  There also was a Northern Mockingbird up near the Woodpecker.  Both seemed busy working on finding insects in the tree.  I think that the youngster just was inexperienced and did not mind the presence of that Mockingbird.  My guess anyway.  Note that the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker actually has a dark brown head.  They do not get that scarlet red color until adulthood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Northern Yellow Shafted Flickers in July

Adult

Northern Yellow Shafted Flickers are really neat Woodpeckers!  They feed on the insects in the bark of trees, and also browse along the ground for tasty insect treats.  They are beautiful tan black and yellow medium sized birds with that long stout very pointed bill that most Woodpeckers have.  I saw these two Flickers in the same general area of my street a few days ago just after a morning thunderstorm had ended.  Each of the birds was about three houses away in distance from the other.  There must have been lots of tasty bugs up on the surface of the ground due to that rain.  The photograph of the adult Flicker in flight really shows those yellow-tinged wing feathers.  The juvenile flicker was first on the ground hunting for insects, and then seeing me, fled to the safety of its tree.  The adult flicker was up on the telephone pole and then quickly flew off into the huge nearby trees.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Adult

Adult

Juvenile

Juvenile

The Robin and its Young (Part 2 of the Robin Stories)

Today I will tell the rest of the story about the American Robins here on my street.  These are another group of Robins from those I spoke of in Part 1 of the Robin Stories.  I was out on another walk with my camera recently and spotted an American Robin on a neighbor’s lawn hunting for worms.  The Robin was lucky and got its worm.  I continued taking pictures and found to my amazement, that in the shadow, there was a fledgling Robin who was waiting for its worm dinner!  Daddy was teaching the youngster how to hunt for worms and other insects.  I know it’s hard to see, but in the last two  photo’s, the Daddy is going toward the younger bird and bends to feed the youngster.  The American Robin seems to be a great parent to its young!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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