Sunday, January 24, 2016
A Song in My Heart
Female Downy Woodpecker
Male Northern Flicker(Yellow-shafted)
39-54 degrees F/21 degree windchill to constant in one hour/15-24 mph S winds/partly cloudy
Most of these photos were obtained today, as the rest of the week's windchills were hard to cope
with, plus the cloudy cover was very dense.
Today made up for the week's misery, as I saw several instances of mating behavior in the woodpecker clan. Before my very eyes, The yellow-shafted male and a Red-shafted female
Northern Flicker were doing a mating ritual. The male was not bothered by my presence in the
least, as you can see from these photos. The Red-shafted female was a little skittish, but like
anything else, once she gets more used to me, she'll not worry as much.
Many songbirds were prevalent today, including the Harris's Sparrow, Slate-colored Juncos, Yellow-
rumped Warblers, and the Carolina Chickadee. The Red-tailed Hawk was at the Northern Reaches,
as was the Hermit Thrush, and large numbers of American Robins.