Cardinals, woodpeckers, and food fights!

The second of two posts on my freezing cold trail walk.
Read part one here.

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Cold, snowy weather brought out the birds, and like this cheerful red cardinal, they were all hungry to the point of squabbling over the food! The female cardinals in yesterday’s post were the worst. They flew at the fence post as if to see who could be first to land and grab all the food. If they arrived at the same time, there was loud squawking, with a quick change of direction to avoid a collision.

When the red-bellied woodpecker flew into the scene, she got first choice. As my kids would say when they were little, “She got dibs on the bark butter bits!” She was queen of the fence post, and she knew it.

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As I mentioned yesterday, it was cold and starting to spit snow again. My hands were painfully cold from holding the camera, so I decided to head for home. Then I heard the distinctive sound of a pileated woodpecker pounding on a tree. It didn’t take long to find him, high up in a dead tree in the nearby bog. So high up, in fact that he was almost out of reach of my lens. I got a picture, but not a very good one;  however, unless I wanted to wade in the half frozen water that surrounded his tree, it was the best I was going to get.2017_02_09_places-chagrin-river-park_winter-trail-walk_0106

By that time I was having visions of a mug full of hot cocoa. Pulling my gloves out of my jacket pockets, I pulled them on over stiff fingers and walked down the trail to my car.

That’s it for today!
Thanks for walking the trail with me.
Trail Walker

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  1. Wonderful shots! Take good care of your hands. I spent many a winter in NE Ohio freezing my poor fingers. I found that fleece gloves with mitten over top (the kind you can fold back so you can use your gloved fingers) works really well.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your solution, Robin. Usually the handwarmers I carry in my pockets do the job, but when the wind chill temperature sinks below 20 degrees, they’re not enough. I have fleece gloves, but they are too bulky. I’ll have to keep looking for a pair that work. Right now, I’m just hoping for an early spring, which as you know, doesn’t often happen in northeast Ohio.

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