Backyard Birds

02-15-13 Female Downy Woodpecker


02-15-13 Male Hairy Woodpecker


The downy and the hairy woodpeckers are common visitors to my suet feeder. The top photo shows a female downy woodpecker which has a shorter bill than the hairy and is a little smaller. The bottom photo is a male hairy woodpecker, the males of both species have a red spot on the back of the head. These photos were relatively easy to get, I just stood out by the feeder for about an hour one afternoon until they got used to me. When they come in they don’t go directly to the suet but land in the trees nearby. I took the photos when they were in the nearby trees. They actually let me get to within ten feet and the photos are much more natural than if I would’ve waited till they were on the suet. In case you didn’t notice I’ve gone with a new look for the blog, I’ll be experimenting with different themes until I find something I like.

3-10-13 Chickadee on Moss


Around these parts from November to May there is very little greenery to be found outside, although, as this photo shows, it does exist. Moss survives the cold weather of winter as you can see by this photo I took on Sunday.