Seen Along the Trail

Photos taken on my daily walks

Posts from the ‘woodpecker’ category

Red-bellied surprise!

two red-bellied woodpeckers

Red-bellied woodpecker times two!

The red-bellied woodpecker is one of my favorite birds, which makes this photo doubly pleasing to me. Seeing a RBW is not uncommon in our neighborhood park where there are lots of old trees and a bog nearby; however, until today I had never seen two of them sitting on the same tree stump. I am guessing that the one in the foreground is a female because it has a grey cap, but I am not certain. At any rate, this was a red-bellied day! Here are a few other birds from today’s walk. Click on any picture to see it in large.

No doubt about it…

Spring has arrived! I wouldn’t be silly enough to believe we won’t have any more cold, wet weather, but I’ve seen the signs, and I am announcing the arrival of spring! Today, on my walk in the park, I spotted a golden-crowned kinglet and a yellow-bellied sapsucker for the first time, and there were lots of people enjoying some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Yay for spring! We’ve waited a long time for it to arrive. Here are my favorite pictures from today:

Hope you enjoyed them!
Carolyn aka Skip

I found “big bird!”!

Look at those holes he has dug in the tree.Look at those holes the pileated woodpecker has dug in the tree.

I have been tracking this big bird for weeks, actually for the entire winter, ever since I realized that there was one living in our neighborhood park. Now I know that there isn’t just one, but a pair, a male and a female. This is the female. The red streak along the jaw is what tells us the gender of the bird. One of the walkers I see in the park told me he had seen both of them together. Now that would REALLY be beyond exciting. Cross your finger and watch this space. I’ll keep looking!

Carolyn aka Skip

P.S. I posted a few more pileated pictures in my photo portfolio at SmugMug. Take a look if you are interested.

What is it about birds?

My favorite subjects for photography are people, dogs, landscapes, but most of all birds. Birds are a big attraction for me. Observing their behaviors and the expressions on their faces brings me much joy! It can be below freezing according to the thermometer, as it was today, but just give me a woodpecker to watch (or any bird for that matter), and I forget all about the frozen feeling of my fingers and toes. Here is a slide show of the birds I met in the park today.

I ended my walk standing under the big trees by the bog, watching the antics of the yellow-bellied sapsucker. Look closely at his picture and you can see the little line of sap wells he has drilled in the tree trunk. Apparently these wells are beneficial to all sorts of critters, including hummingbirds! Birds are fascinating! After the sapsucker vanished from the scene, I headed home for a cup of hot cocoa. If you’ve been hanging out in the bog with me today, maybe you should have one too. See you again soon.

~Carolyn aka Skip

PS If you want to know a little more about the sapsucker, check out his close up on my other blog.

Spring??? Well, maybe!

Yesterday spring had sprung in our neighborhood, but of course that was just a foretaste of the real thing. According to the calendar, it is still winter. Today the weather was something between the two, cooler than yesterday, but not cold. It was overcast for most of the day, but the sun managed to show up briefly. Unfortunately it didn’t last. During my hour in the park, the sky was spitting raindrops, but the downpour held off, and I managed to capture a few pictures of the birds. My favorite was this woodpecker who really got serious about picking out his peanut…


…and came up with his beak full. I could swear he was smiling. What do you think?


Another happy note, I spotted my first Eastern towhee for the season. I posted his picture here. It’s not the greatest, so I am blaming the poor light and late hour of the afternoon. I’ll try to do better the next time I see a towhee. They are such striking birds, or at least the males are. The female, with tan where the male has black feathers, is not as sharp looking, but it’s still a pleasure to see one more sign of spring.

Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon.
~Carolyn aka Skip