Saturday, February 23, 2008

Running errands

We drove through the park on our way across town.
We were hoping to see the Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Only one was visible from the road.

It is above freezing.
The ice has melted.

Hawks are hunting.

I needed nuts for the Nuthatches and the Woodpeckers.
I hope the Flickers return.


Jeanne said...

I love your photographs~
I love you

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Q said...

Dear Jeanne,
Thank you. Seeing the Red-headed Woodpeckers is always a treat. I would love for them to come up to my backyard but I do not have dead trees for them. I do have lots of nuts. No bugs in the winter...
I cannot get as close to the birds when they are in the wild as when they are in my backyard. Maybe when it is warmer I can find a soft spot and sit for awhile. Maybe the Red-headed Woodpeckers would come nearer.
Glad you enjoy the photos. I sure love to take the pictures and share.
Thank you for your love and care.

Mary said...

Sherry, I think the red-headed woodpecker is the most stunning bird I've ever seen. Your photos are outstanding!

mon@rch said...

Red Headed Woodpeckers are without a doubt the best woodpecker that I have ever seen! Their red head is stunning for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

he or she woodpecker has one bright red head!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
They are incredible birds. My husband is very fond of them too.
I would love for one to come to the deck for some up close and personal time. They seem very shy.
Maybe I will study them one of these years. Would be fun to sit with them and see their nests and little ones.

Q said...

Dear Tom,
They are bright! I also think they are very beautiful. I watched this one and a Red-Bellied for awile fly about from tree to tree. The Red-Headed seemed to be just a little bit smaller. Their call is louder too and very different.
Fun birds to see.

Q said...

Dear Cathy,
The sexes do look similar.
My husband took some pictures last spring of a few juveniles in this same location. I was able to get some close up pictures last year when we saw a group of Red-Headed Woodpeckers feeding on the side of the road. I think this location is near their nesting sites. I will return and see if I can't get closer. I like really close up pictures. I like to see each feather!

Jayne said...

Oh, I am GREEN with envy! "I want a Red-headed and I want it NOW!" (Does that sound enough like Varuca Salt of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fame??)

Q said...

Dear Jayne,
You did sound just like her! LOL!
I could see your foot stomping too.
My range map says they are in your area year around. I bet if you go to an open wooded area with dead trees you will see them.
I would like some Blue Birds please...

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Cheryl said...

Lovely photograph of the hawk. We had a sparrowhawk take a bluetit yesterday.
Your woodpecker is similar to ours, the greater spotted is black white and red. They come to the garden regularly but as soon as I pick up the camera, woosh they are gone!
Have fun.

The French Nest said...

The Red-Headed Woodpecker is stunning, and the photo of the hawk is incredible!


meggie said...

I never tire of seeing your wonderful birds.
That Hawk shot is amazing.

meggie said...

I never tire of seeing your wonderful birds.
That Hawk shot is amazing.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Aren't Red-headed woodpeckers just the most handsome woodpeckers we have??

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Some of the birds seem to know when we want to take a picture and become camera shy!
I was rather far away when I took the pictures of the Red Headed Woodpeckers.
Watching the Hawks is always incredible for me. This Hawk I could not see very well so I do not know exactly which one it is. I think a Red Shoulder but I do not know for sure.

Q said...

Dear Kate,
Pretty birds for sure. I do wish they would come up to my backyard! I like up close pictures and these guys were just too far away to see the feathers!

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
Thank you! Pretty birds for sure. I think you have some amazing birds.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
The Red Headed is handsome! I heard some Pileated Woodpeckers also live in these woods. I have not seen them but I would like to!
A pair of Woodies would be fun to see. I like the woodpeckers.