Sunday, April 26, 2009

Red-heads come visiting


Linda and I were enjoying the evening with our son, Shawn and his wife Sarah, in their backyard, the other day. Backyards can be such wonderful nature places. Because they have a forested lot across the street, they get a lot of birds flying through in the waning hours of the evening.

This evening, a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) made several appearances as they flitted around the neighborhood. I'm not sure if they were trying to make up their food quota for the day and go store it, or just feeling playful.

They stayed up near the top of the towering trees in the neighborhood. That, plus the dimming evening light, made taking their picture a challenge. This was the best I could do.

--steve buser

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