I haven't seen a Pileated Woodpecker for about a year!
I was thrilled to see this one in my backyard yesterday!
It flew back and forth between my neighbors yard and mine. There was some dead wood on the other side of the fence...I think it found some bugs!
But it also liked my trees and spent time in several of them.
When I took these photos of this Hairy Woodpecker, I was inside looking out...and all I had at hand was my macro lens attached to the camera. It worked well enough but it would have been better to have the zoom.
I was just happy to capture it at all. I haven't seen a large Hairy Woodpecker since last year, either. They are pretty big. They look like the smaller, Downy Woodpeckers, but are much larger.
This is probably the same one, up in a tree. Hunting for bugs, just as the Pileated Woodpecker was doing.
Here is another one, but it's a female, because there is no red on it's head.
The White-Breasted Nuthatches are back, too. This one kept coming to the empty feeder I'd left up all summer. So I finally put some hulled sunflower seed in and he was a happy camper! I'd left the feeder empty all summer because it attracts squirrels and I was trying to discourage them from digging up my garden.
Nuthatches aren't woodpeckers, but I enjoy seeing them, too. Here's what they look like from a 'normal' perspective...although 'normal' for them is sideways, crawling up and down trees. They would be just as happy eating bugs from the trees but they knew that feeder was there and they were just itching to get a seed...so I gave in and filled it.
You know what that means, don't you? The squirrels will start having a heyday in my gardens...but that's okay...it's autumn, and there are no more tender plants popping up. They can't really hurt anything. I'm looking forward to seeing this season in all it's glory as the summer plants go to seed and the flowers wind down. It's time. It can't be stopped. So I might as well just embrace it!
How about you? Are you able to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new? The autumn season does offer beauty. Just look for it, it's there!
What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,
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