Saturday, May 2, 2020

A Busy Little Forest

The Rufous Hummingbird returned on April 29th.  Year after year, their arrival time never varies, always at the end of April, just like clockwork.

    On the same day, the garter snakes left their den and have been warming themselves in the sun ever since.
 
A Red-breasted Sapsucker found this fence post very interesting.  This is the first time I've seen this species up close.
 
A Robin pair, recently arrived, were spotted gathering nesting material this morning.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Pileated Woodpecker

I heard their calls when I went for my walk this morning, but I didn't expect to see the woodpeckers down on the ground a little while later. It didn't seem to faze them that I was only a short distance away. During these difficult and uncertain times, observing the birds and the usual springtime rituals reminds me of nature's constancy and keeps me hopeful.  Stay safe and healthy.


When first observed, this Pileated Woodpecker was digging out an anthill.

This is the male with the red "mustache" stripe.

And this is the female without the red stripe.

The woodpecker pair together at the anthill.

The red patch on the male extends all the way from his bill across his crown to the back of his head, while the red patch on the female only partially covers her head leaving her forehead bare.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Having a Peaceful Rest


This Mule Deer was observed lying comfortably in a corner of the yard beyond the garden fence.  What luck to have seen her!  I might never have looked out since there had been showers all morning long, and I was mostly occupied inside.