Thursday, August 25, 2016

Red-breasted Sapsucker

I think this is an immature Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Sapsuckers are medium-sized woodpeckers.  They drill holes in trees which they use as "wells" to obtain sap and insects.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ruffed Grouse Family in the Garden

I counted eight grouse taking advantage of a sunny afternoon to do some feather maintenance.  They made shallow depressions in the dry soil and rolled around covering themselves with the dust, probably to get rid of mites. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pileated Woodpeckers

This is an exciting time for bird watching. The immature birds are fast becoming used to their surroundings.  The Pileated Woodpeckers have been close by for several weeks now, and it is interesting to see the young preening, being fed or just waiting and looking around.

I.D.  for immature Pileated Woodpeckers:  brown eyes and a shorter crest  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hermit Thrush and Rufus Hummingbird

The rain has been relentless for the past two days and nights, and during this time, there have been no bird songs and very few sightings.  Yesterday evening, I observed this little thrush and a hummingbird while they perched on the rail at the back of the house when it wasn't raining quite so bad.

 Rufus Hummingbird