Posts Tagged ‘Woodpeckers’

I recently spent a bit of time sitting in a reasonably comfortable bird blind that one of the members of my local photo club constructed.  It is a great way to get closeup photos of birds in the area and is an excellent resource.

Here are a few of my photos from my time in the bird blind. At the bottom of this post are two birds that I can’t identify (other than that one is some type of woodpecker).  I’d appreciate any information anyone can provide about these “mystery” birds.

Blue jay

Bird Blind - October 22, 2014 - 0099

I don’t know if these are immature Blue jays but they don’t have the full-blown distinctive crest you typically associate with a Blue jay (the bird in the second photo may be developing that crest).

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Male Downy Woodpecker (in the second photo it is getting a grub out of a tree branch)

 

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Female Downy Woodpecker

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Male Cardinal

Bird Blind - October 22, 2014 - 178-Edit

 

Female Cardinal

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Goldfinch

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Mystery Woodpecker

Bird Blind - October 22, 2014 - 0031

Mystery Bird 2

Bird Blind - October 22, 2014 - 335

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A couple of days ago I was watching the birds at our bird feeders while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning when a Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up. After a few desultory pecks at the bird feeder, the woodpecker headed over to our large maple tree, where it moved around the tree in a very orderly manner. It was as though it had a search map so that it could cover each part of the tree in order while it went about looking for, catching and eating the insects that were located in the rough bark of the tree. I quickly grabbed my camera and got several photos of the woodpecker, including these. These shots were taken through our windows since I knew that getting outside would scare the woodpecker away. While I enjoyed seeing the woodpecker, I was very happy that it did not decide to make a home in our maple tree.