Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Woody and Company


As I mentioned last week in my Cardinal blog post, I have gotten many good pictures of my Backyard Birds recently... I got pictures of two new birds to my feeder (a Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker and a Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker) this month ---and I saw another new one yesterday while working in the yard (but didn't get a picture yet).

This new one is a Hairy Woodpecker.. There are lots of Downy's which come to the suet feeder --but yesterday, a GREAT BIG Hairy Woodpecker made his way there.. I watched him and got so excited, but since I was in the yard working, my camera wasn't anywhere near. Sigh!! I hope he comes back so that I can get his picture sometime. The Hairys look like the Downys except for the fact that they are larger and have a longer beak. I hope he comes back sometime when I have my camera!!!!

Today, I am featuring an "All-Woodpecker-Post".... Above is one of the largest woodpecker we have in our area, the PILEATED WOODPECKER... Below are more!!!!




DOWNY WOODPECKER: This is a male since the females do not have any red on them.





JUVENILE RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: When I first saw this bird, I had no idea what it was.. His colors are SO different from an adult.




JUVENILE RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: I just had to include one more picture of this little bird.. I hope to get more pictures as he begins to get his colors!!!!




ADULT RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: This is what the little Juvenile will look like someday..






JUVENILE RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: He is also quite dull with very little color so far.





ADULT RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: The little juvenile will look like this (depending upon whether it is a male or female) soon. Female Red-bellieds do have red on their heads--but it's not solid along the top and back of the head like the males. And --for any of you non-birders, the adult Red-bellied Woodpeckers DO have a red belly.. It's just hard to see!!!!





NORTHERN FLICKER: This is always one of my favorite birds. This is a male since he has a black mustache, and more red on his head (which is hard to see in this picture).

Hope you enjoyed seeing my pretty little woodpeckers.. I have more birds to show you--but that will be next week. By the way, do you know which of these woodpeckers is the one which Woody Woodpecker represented????? Take a guess!!!!

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Hugs,

57 comments:

Mildred said...

Beautiful pictures Betsy. I love being able to view the woodpeckers up close through your wonderful photography. Hope you have a lovely day!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Betsy! I love woodpeckers.

Jane said...

Those are terrific photographs, Betsy. By the way, how is your knee doing??

Jane

Ann said...

what a clever way to feed woody. I just throw my food on the ground to feed my sparrows and pigeons.

Once, after seeing photos on the blogs, I experimented by string a bun onto the tree branch where the sparrows normally perch.

Not one sparrow came to eat the bun.

May be it is easier for them to peck the food from the ground.

Darla said...

I'd say the Pileated.....

Big Dude said...

When I was cutting up the downed Bradford Pear, I was amazed at the thousands of woodpecker feeding holes I found on the branches. We see all but the red headed variety around here, but I've never seen one. I sure have enjoyed walking out into cool morning air the past couple of mornings.

Valerie said...

Betsy love the last two shots - the clarity is wonderful!
I love woodpeckers!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Hi Betsy, love your shots! We don't have big trees in our yard so don't get any woodpeckers. Enjoyed seeing yours. Loved the shot of the northern flicker. Such a pretty bird and great shot. I think Woody was your first pick, the Hairy Woody.

Elettra said...

stunning photography I would say that hunger is hunger

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lovely close-up photos of the birds!

Arkansas Patti said...

I am impressed how you can identify the juveniles. I have no clue till they get all their clothes on.
Glad you explained about the red belly. I was wondering how it got its name.

Fred Alton said...

Hi Betsy! Not being an ornithologist, I'd have to guess that the first picture in your blog is the bird that Woody represented. He just looks like that mean-ness one. Eh eh ee eh oh - drrrrrrrrrr!
Your photography of and knowledge of birds is amazing.

Meems said...

Good morning Betsy,
Oh, I DO love the woodpeckers. We have loads of them in our yard because of the tree stands here and all around. They are not easy to photograph but you've done a marvelous job of capturing them in all their glory.

Wow is right. Congrats on 300 followers... but I'm with you... let me know you've visited and say hello. :-)

Have a wonderful day, dear lady. And thanks for spreading all your JOY.
Meems

Sandra said...

isn't it unususal to have so many different species of woodpeckers in one place like you have? we have red bellies and pileated downhere, the others i have not seen. they are all precious and beautiufl. i especially like the first one today.

Susie said...

Betsy you got some great pics of the Woodies! I love the very first pic.

I loved Woody woodpecker when I was a little girl. I call all my woodies that.

Happy day to you!

Neal said...

Very nice Betsy. You can tell you put a lot of work into your blog. I just don't have enough motivation to put a lot of work into mine. :)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Wonderful photographs of the woodpeckers. I so love reading your posts about your backyard birds. I learn so much that would help me identify a bird, IF I saw more of a variety in my backyard!

Shelia said...

Betsy,

Your woodpeckers are beautiful!

A long time ago, Chuck and I were awakened by an extremely loud taptaptaptaptaptaptap on our metal roof. "What's that?" I asked, and he went into a long, involved description about how an electrical wire must have fallen on the metal roof and was sparking, and we were in a dangerous situation. I was scared! He went outside to check out the 'dangerous situation' while I cowered in the bed.

When he came in he had a sheepish look on his face. I asked him if we needed to call the EPB and evacuate our home. "No", he said. "It was a woodpecker."

Glenda said...

You always have the best close-ups of the beautiful woodpecker!

Small City Scenes said...

You've come a long way in photographing your beloved birds. I guess you and the new camera get along fine.
Excellent shots with such clarity.
Very pretty birds. MB

Busy Bee Suz said...

This post is completely endorsed by Woody Woodpecker. He would like a lifetime supply of feed for doing so...
Very cute Betsy!

amelia said...

Beautiful woodpecker pics!! Apart from all the hummers we have we also have loads of flickers. They are such a pretty woodpecker with beautiful colouring.

Congrats on your following. Maybe you'll make 400 one day!! :)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What amazing close-up photos you get! Look at the food on their beaks, even!

The Incredible Woody said...

And here I thought this post was about me! LOL!

oldmanlincoln said...

I'll give you $100.00 cash if you will buy this Pileated Woodpecker and his lady friend a ticket to Brookville, Ohio.

I wish. I only saw one of these in my area in the 48 years we have lived here. This male is beautiful. Suet and all.

Diane said...

Congratulations on your 300th follower, Betsy. You have lots of friends, not surprising for such a great gal.

Love the woodpecker post. I'm glad you mentioned the moustache. I didn't realize that - now that's all I could see on him - it looked like the villian. Diane

Ida from South Africa said...

Great pics! I ♥ woodpeckers.
Congrats on 300 followers!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Betsy,I love seeing all your Woodpeckers.We have all of them in our general area,but on;y the Downy and the Hairy visit our feeders.SIGH Jake and I just spent 1 ½ hours just in our back yard shooting,with the cameras of course,birds.
Have a wonderful day.
Blessings,Ruth

Randy and Jamie said...

Betsy,
I'm so jealous! I haven't seen a woodpecker in years. Those are great photos! I hope you and George are well. :-)-- Randy

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
What fantastic photos of the woodpeckers. These are top notch photos and I love them. You sure have a great camera and a real talent for photography. Loved these photos!

Ginny said...

My very favorite picture here is the red headed, because I've never seen one and they are so striking! I am also enjoying seeing a baby woodpecker, their colors are sure undeveloped! I knew what Woody was, did a post on it, but cannot remember at all now! He was a real woodpecker who....but wait, if you're going to do a post on it, I'll let YOU tell the story! I read that ALL woodpeckers have red on them somewhere!

nanny said...

I love the red headed too...They are so pretty.
You sure get some great shots!!!

Kay said...

My suet bar has just about melted away from this HOT weather we are having.

KleinsteMotte said...

You have a superb collection of the little fellows. The time you invested in doing this was well worthit. I do not see well so I'm especially glad to see pics like this. Thanks.

Together We Save said...

Your woodpecker pictures are great, I have only actually only seen one once or twice in my life!

KathyA said...

I love woodpeckers, Betsy. Have only seen a pileated woodpecker once, though. It's exciting when we see these beautiful creatures, isn't it?

CottonLady said...

Love your photos, Betsy. I do not put suet out in the summer. Maybe if I did I would have more variety, but I have a feeling my curved bill thrashers would make short work of the suet.

Congrats on the 300 followers. That's great! Blessings!
CottonLady

NCmountainwoman said...

You know how much I love woodpeckers. Nice to see them, especially the juveniles.

NENSA MOON said...

Wooww...I cant realized there're so many kinds of woodpecker!! so beautiful and colorful!!
Thanks for your lovely pictures of woddpecker!
I really enjoy them.

hugs,
nensa

Debbie Smith said...

Since we don't have near the variety of birds here in Vegas like you do, I truely LOVE all your pictures of birds! These shots are amazing! My guess, the first woodpecker. He just looks like Woody to me!
I came home from the hospital on Saturday and I'm doing great! Thank you so much for asking!
Have a fabulous day!

JKoenig said...

Neat close-ups. I haven't seen a red headed one since last summer.

Colleen said...

Betsy, Your pics are awesome. Woodies are beautiful birds and how lucky your suet hasn't melted, yet. Super work on 300 followers, without give-a-ways & awards. Just great posts, pictures & a terrific gal. Thanks for sharing.

The Retired One said...

That first one looks like a Pileated Woodpecker to me..either way, they are ALL gorgeous! You are so lucky to have them come to your feeders so you can snap away!!

Denise said...

What a lovely series of woodpecker photos Betsy. I had a downy visit me yesterday and just now while I was chatting to Gregg on the phone, I had a mommy cardinal feeding her youngster on the deck rail. It was too dark for a photo though :(

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Daisy said...

You got some really great pictures, Betsy! The woodpeckers really stand out with that bright red color.

Ruthi said...

i am so jealous of your bird photos. i never get lucky taking pictures of birds... either they are too fast or i was too slow and worse... i don't have the camera with me when i see one that won't fly even if i make lots of noise. hayyyy nice pictures. keep them coming.

Catherine said...

Sweet birds ~ especially the red headed woodpecker ~ gorgeous!!!

xo Catherine

carolina nana said...

I think woodpeckers are one of the most interesting birds to watch. I mostly have Downy's and Red Bellies around my house.
Have a blessed tomorrow
Marilyn

Mary said...

I've never seen a juvenile Red-Headed before...great to see what it looks like. YOu really get lots of woodpeckers.

Rose said...

the photos are very good. Sometimes i can hear a woodpecker on the trees. cong on your no of followers. rose

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Beautiful close ups of the woodpeckers, Betsy! I see several different ones here in my state, and if I had to pick a favorite I'd choose the red-headed woodpecker.

Thanks for coming to visit my blog, hope you'll stop in again!

Have a good Thursday,
Cheryl (who can't wait to get a better camera so she can take closeups!)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love your bird pictures...Woody at our house is from Toy Story

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: Love the woodpeckers, wish I had the variety you get.

SquirrelQueen said...

The first one definitely looks like Woody, I wonder if he has the same laugh.

All of the woodpeckers are so cool and the babies are adorable. My favorite is the Northern Flicker, they are such pretty birds. We have Flickers here at times too.

Rose said...

Oh, Woody had to be a pleated woodpecker..they act the same!

Love all these...at work there was a big metal washtub turned upside down. I can't remember if it covered something or just why it was there...but there was this big flicker that would get on it and peck the bottom every day!

EcoRover said...

Thanks for sharing the woodpecker fam! Growing up in the Alleghenies, we called Pileateds, "Cock of the Woods."