Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Winter's Famed Trappings
0730-1000 hrs./43-49 degrees F/28 degree windchill for first hour/15-20 mph wind gusts/partly
It was difficult getting pictures for the past several days. The birds were out, but they just did
not wish to bother with the photographic element. Most of these shots were obtained today, but
the excitement was on Sunday with wall-to-wall woodpeckers.
Several species of woodpecker were seen in close proximity to each other, some within inches.
They were seeking both sustenance, as well as cavities to excavate. Unfortunately, European
Starlings were also in the vicinity, which tend to usurp the efforts of cavity nesters, most
notably the Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Several Carolina Chickadees sounded the starling alarm, and the woodpeckers became astute
to possible predators, including the Pileated Woodpecker, who was feeding in the company of
the tiny Downy Woodpecker.
A thunderstorm emptied clouds in the area overnight, so there were lots of large puddles and
great numbers of American Robins today. With rain comes worms that need to breathe, so between
bathing and eating, there were a good sixty robins on the ground this morning. They were also
southbound in good numbers, and our Bald Eagle couple paid a visit, too. The male American Kestrel was also out and about seeking mice, so it was nice just to observe his actions.