The Daily Bird #14


A Hairy Woodpecker, female, studio side. (Picoides villosus). All photos are 1500 x 996, click for full size.

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Comments

  1. Kengi says

    That white on the back really becomes pure in the direct sun while the neck and breast pick up the reflected color of the suet block.

    We have tons of downy woodpeckers, but I generally only see a hairy woodpecker one or two times a day, and never seem to have the camera nearby. The red-bellied woodpeckers are much more common, and I was even seeing the red-headed woodpeckers a fair amount up until about two weeks ago when they vanished. Haven’t seen a northern flicker yet this year…

  2. blf says

    The rat inside has just seen Hitchcock’s The Birds and got an idea…

     

    (Fun factoid, I used to live in Capitola which suffered a real-life incident Hitchcock used in his research for the film. I had nothing to do with either the real incident, or the film, not living in Capitola at the time. I cannot squawk! for the mildly deranged penguin, albeit there are no reports of cheeses, peas, nor, most suspiciously, flying penguins, from the time…)

  3. says

    Ice Swimmer:

    Is she hitting the suet with her beak?

    Yes, she is.

    Kengi:

    We have tons of downy woodpeckers, but I generally only see a hairy woodpecker one or two times a day

    We have a lot of Downys on property, and a few sets of Hairys. The Downys don’t mind me, but the Hairys are very wary and shy. It’s not easy getting photos of them.

  4. says

    rq:

    She looks downright suspicious!

    She did have a grackle almost land on her head right after that last shot, so…

  5. blf says

    She did have a grackle almost land on her head

    Yeah, rats aren’t very good pilots, whether or not stuffed in a puppet.

  6. rq says

    blf
    Well, rat-to-rat, I think they would have come to some agreement of some sort. Suet for the one, bread for the other.

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