Red-bellied Woodpecker

This red-bellied woodpecker unexpectedly came racing across the back yard and landed with a plop upon our bird feeder.   I watched as it casually enjoyed a snack of sunflower seeds and then retreated to the top of a pine tree for a little exploration.

“The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu.  The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation of acquaintance.”  ~Fanny Fern

Northern Flicker

I saw this stunning bird sitting in the yard using her curved bill to dig for insects in the ground.  Though I was quite thrilled with my encounter, others didn’t share my enthusiasm.  I was told that while beautiful, flickers can also be a nuisance —  pecking holes and doing damage to both trees and houses.

“I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made the judge.”  ~Herman Melville

Using his head

A woodpecker peeking out of the hole of a hollowed tree branch.  In one of the photos, you can see him throwing a wood chip out of the hole.

“Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he started.”  ~Coleman Cox

Downy Woodpecker

This downy woodpecker and some of his friends have been busy lately drilling holes in our pine trees.  I even heard one tapping on the house early this morning.  They are pretty birds and interesting to watch, but you have to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t doing real damage.

“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.”  ~Alvin Price