Sunday, December 28, 2008


A dusting of snow fell over night.

The air was full of light at sun rise.

I have chosen the Woodpecker Family to study in 2009.
In my backyard two pairs of Downy Woodpeckers,
one pair of Hairy Woodpeckers and a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers
come for suet and nuts.

I have seen Red-headed Woodpeckers in two of our city parks.
I have heard rumors that Pileated Woodpeckers are near by.
Lots of different Woodpeckers to get to know.

I will still feed the Blue Jays their peanuts.

Blue is my color for 2009.


Corner Gardener Sue said...

That is lovely dazzle! I like the birds, too. Do woodpeckers ever stand on the ground? A month or so ago there were some birds on the lawn, and one, about the size of a woodpecker, was unfamiliar to me. I wasn't fast enough getting the camera.

Happy New Year! Oh, your Christmas lunch at the plaza was a fun post, too. Your cameras were well behaved.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love the word Dazzle. It is an exciting word and all that is described with the word dazzle are things you don't want to miss.

I hope you have many Dazzling moments in the new year.

Q said...

Dear Sue,
I have heard "bling" used by the young folk for glitter and sparkle! My morning was filled with "bling"!
Sometimes Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Flickers are on the ground getting acorns or bugs. Flickers eat ants.
Happy New Year to you too. I think it will be a grand year!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Thank you! I am ready for a dazzling year! I feel good and am ready to dig in the earth and make lots of art. I am looking forward to planting my dyers garden.
Cheryl was so kind to send some seeds from her garden so I will do an English Children's Garden. I will need some children to play in my garden!
I hope your 2009 is also a dazzling year.

marmee said...

love the way the light was shimmering all around in your images. wonderful. love the woodpeckers of any kind in your yard, it will be fun to get to know them better as you study their habits and wants. have fun!

Q said...

Dear Marmee,
I am looking forward to getting books on Woodpeckers and learning as much as I can this coming year. I also want to do a photo-book of the Woodpeckers in my backyard. I am thinking about doing some decorating with Woodpeckers too....
I also would like to figure out a way of having a few "woodpecker" logs....
It will be fun!

Deb said...

What a wonderful idea to choose a specific bird to study! And Woodpecker family will be so interesting! I love all your Dazzling photos :-)

Wendy said...

Woodpeckers are sacred - drumming as they do. It will be a very special year for you, learning about woodpeckers. We have lots of them (and nuthatches) here in our backyard as there are so many trees.
I also admire the dazzle of your first two images. They sparkle!

Anonymous said...

I love the light in the first two shots.

Dawn Fine said...

Love the crystally light photos! Have fun with your woodpecker studies this coming year..

Mary said...

Your little Downy is so cute! Ok - I'll be looking for that red-headed and pileated on your blog, Sherry :o) Can't wait to see!

Your dazzle is fantastic.

You are bonding with that new camera, I see...


Mary said...

Bling: jewelry that shines :o)

Rose said...

That first photo looks like Christmas lights in the garden, Sherry! I look forward to learning about all the different varieties of woodpeckers as you show them here. Blue is always my favorite color!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those are great photos! I have the same woodpeckers at my feeders. I have heard the distinct call of the pileated at my father's house but never seen it.

Q said...

Dear Deb,
I hope I will be able to learn all sorts of interesting facts about Woodpeckers. I will need books and photographs...I will do a Woodpecker report too. 2009 will be fun too.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
I hope to learn the different drumming. I know the calls of the Downy and the Red-bellied. I also know the calls of the Flickers.
I ordered a book about the Woodpeckers in North America. I hope to learn lots.
The day was dazzling!

Q said...

Dear ScienceGuy288,
Really beautiful air as the breeze blew snow crystals about. I gasped a few times!

Q said...

Dear Dawn,
I hope to give a monthly woodpecker report! LOL!
They are really cool birds.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I am loving my new camera. I still take D50 out for her daily stroll. I like the ease of the 300. I do want to learn how to do her video. Maybe when the Hummers return I can do a Hummingbird Movie! Oh Mary, that would be fun!
Okay, I will get started learning...Maybe I can practice on some butterflies.
Hummers are bling! Jewels of the garden.
May 2009 bring much bling into your life!

Q said...

Dear Rose,
Woodpeckers will be fun.
Yellow was my favorite color for many years. When I was a teenager blue was my favorite...
when I was a child I loved pink. (Hummm...I still love orange so I think I am okay....)
I made a couple of blue hats now I need outfits to go with.
May 2009 be a glorious year for you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Those photos take my breath away. Such beautiful closeups. I found you through Greenbow. Wonderful blog. Enjoy your safari and the butterflies.~~Dee

Q said...

Dear Dee,
So nice to meet you.
Looking forward to coming to your journal and getting to know you.
Glad you enjoyed the photo essay. I sure love to do them.