I have been stalking a bird. He is really skittish..he is a real looker. He has been around at least a month..maybe more.
So far this is my best shot. I will keep pursuing him..it is good to have goals. I had to wait outside a really long time to get one clear shot of him..This is a male..I know how to tell the difference..a female only has red at the nape of her neck, whereas the male has red on his head and down his nape. Checking with the bird book..he seems to be a bit more north than usual. Not sure why he is called a Red-Bellied Woodpecker..most likely because Red-Headed Woodpecker was already taken and they had to call him something.
This is a little Downy Woodpecker.
We have a flock of them. I can tell it is a Downy Woodpecker because he has bands of black in his outer side tail feathers and a shorter beak than his close relative the Hairy Woodpecker.
Far Guy and I both enjoy watching the birds. I can almost predict the weather by the bird activity..the day before the weather changes the feeders are busy all day long. Some how they know that they have to bulk up and weather a storm. Birds are smarter than we think..what kind of Bed and Breakfast could you find where the people welcome you and put out food for you free of charge everyday?
Today is the last day of November. I cannot say I am sad to put the grey days of November behind me but I am not ready for December to begin either:(