Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Woodpecker, Water & a Chickadee


My favorite photo model, the woodpecker. I am convinced he comes to my yard once a week and stays perfectly still so I can take his picture. I would love to show him the photo I took a couple of weeks ago and compare it to these two. I believe he would think I am starting to do him justice. Just look at the brilliant red!
Love this one too. The only thing I can't figure out is if he is a hairy or downy? I am not even sure if he is the same one who comes to my yard at least 4 times a day. All that I do know is that he is a beauty.


My second chickadee photo. I really like this one. He was near my garage while I was outside. I was able to get a decent photo of him because I was so close.


A tiny little stream across the street from me. I love how you can see reflections in the water. I never noticed this until recently.


Semi frozen pond on the bike path I go to. I wanted to get a picture of it now before it is completely frozen.
Peace






16 comments:

Shellmo said...

Your handsome woodpecker looks like a downy! They are smaller than the hairy - and their beak is shorter too. Isn't it fun to have the chickadee visit too! They are always so happy!

Kallen305 said...

Thanks Shelley! I really need to see a hairy on one of my feeders and have the downy next to it. I have a real hard time trying to tell them apart.

I LOVE the chickadee. My favorite bird of all and that says a lot because I love most birds!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes, he is definitely a Downy! We have them here---but I haven't gotten as close to him. Guess ours are camera-shy!!!!!

The Hairy WP is larger and doesn't come to the feeders frequently I don't think.

Love your chickadee picture also. We had TERRIFIC winds today---and our little birds really struggled trying to fly!!!!

jan m said...

I agree that your little woodpecker is a downy. I used to wonder which mine were till I saw both in one day. If you look at my posting of the 7th, I have a picture of both on the same suet treat, and you can see the size and beak difference.

emurphey.com/jan

MicheleRF said...

How sweet Kallen! Once you see the two together and even separately a few times you'll see the difference. The beak is really the give away.

Deborah Godin said...

I usually reply on the beak to tell Downies from Hairies. Hairy woodpeckers have a huge, long and dangerous-looking bark chisel, but a lot depends on how far away they are, too. So, who eats your fruit? I've never seen that in winter. I know Orioles eat citrus in summer, but you don't have them around now, do you!?!? I love reflections, too - yours here are wonderful!

Kallen305 said...

Betsy, I hope your wind dies down soon. The poor little birds. :o(. We are supposed to have high winds ourselves, but it will at least be warm so they won't have to battle the cold too.

Jan, I went to your site and saw the two next to each other and still don't see it. LOL, it is probably because I am over tired and need to go to bed.

Michele, I will start looking at the beeks. I would love to see a hairy so I can put it on my list.

Deborah, I got the idea from Jahlynn over at Window on Nature. She puts out oranges and the red bellied woodpeckers eat them. I also read on google that they eat them too. I have had a red bellied visit my yard a couple of times so I am hoping he finds it. The orange still hasn't been touched, but I did put clementine slices out last week and they were gobbled up (I just don't know by what species). The grapes are being eaten too.

Link to Window on Nature
http://windowonnature.blogspot.com/2008/11/going-orange.html

Kallen305 said...

Jahlynn=Jalynn. Doh, I am going to bed now. Must get some sleep!! ;o)

NW Nature Nut said...

I was curious about your fruit offerings too. Keep us posted on that. I have never had much luck with fruit here in Oregon.

I don't get Hairy woodpeckers, but my understanding is that their bills are as long as their head is thick. I think that is a good way to see if they are long. If you look at Downy, you can see his is about 1/2 the size of his head. I'd love to see them side by side too.

Jayne said...

I've not had a Hairy here either Kallen, but size wise, think of the size of a Red-bellied with the markings of a Downy? That's what I'm told anyhow.... would love to see one here as well. :c)

Rich said...

Hi Kalen,

Just wanted to say good morning. Have a good day. Like the pictures.
Like your music selection too.

Mary said...

That's a male downey, Kallen. See the red spot? And downeys have a short beak compared to a hairy. I love woodpeckers to visit but they haven't found me since I opened the restaurant :o)

Ruth said...

I put out half a pomegranate as you had pictured last week. Before it was buried by 8 inches of snow, the squirrels were the only takers. I have never had luck with birds visiting my fruit offerings. They seem to prefer fat!

NCmountainwoman said...

As you already know, the picture is a Downy. Like Ruth, I don't seem to have much luck with fruit. You must have more health-conscious birds!

Rambling Woods said...

It looks like a downy..whoops..I see you have that answer. I never thought of reflections until I started taking photos..I think it opens your eyes to things you haven't paid any attention to..
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Ashley said...

Yeah, you can usually see reflections on water's surface...

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