Ruth wrote: "Got any pics of those birds Gareth?", so:

WOODPECKERS OF PARIS TOWNSHIP, OHIO    Click here for the java version of this page

4/10/10 A Pileated pair passes through. They didn't stick around, I was lucky to get this shot through the kitchen window.

  • IMG_7018-24-sc.gif 9/6/10 Usually the Nuthatch is in and out with military efficiency, doesn't sit still for long.
    On this occasion both Goldfinch and Nuthatch lingered for quite a few minutes, moving just to keep an eye on things.
    The frequency of position changes in this sequence is quite close to the timing of the actual photographs.
    They're a foot or two from the camera, just outside the kitchen window.

  • Downy (left) and Hairy (right) Woodpeckers Christmas morning 2008. Half-inch grid suet cage, combined photo (about ten minutes apart) taken through two rather dirty panes of glass. The Downys are always here but we see the Hairy infrequently.
    4/5/2009 Since I last wrote he's become such a regular visitor that I now wonder if there aren't two. No female in ages though.

  • Red-headed Woodpecker May '08. Another shot of same impressive fellow, we don't see these often.

  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Feb. '08 (Half-inch grid suet cage) Seen even less often.

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch Sept. '07, a delightful little character, we don't see these as often as the whites but last year (07-08) we had a pair stay all winter.

  • White-breasted Nuthatch Not so sharp a shot but a characteristic position of a common year-round visitor, Sept. '07.
    See my more recent animation.
    I read this online: Nuthatches are among the easiest birds to describe to non-birdwatchers: if you see a bird climbing down a tree head first, it can only be a nuthatch; if it only climbs upwards, it is something else. This habit is diagnostic for all 24 species, except perhaps the rock nuthatches, which rarely occur on trees anyway.

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker Dad feeding a youngster, June '07. A regular year-round visitor.
    I thought I'd see what happened if I animated this.

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker Why he's so-named, June '07.

  • Female Northern Flicker A bit fuzzy but clear enough to tell it's a female, male has prominent "moustache". This was a print scan, so I'd guess it was taken sometime in the 1990s.