Ruth wrote: "Got any pics of those birds Gareth?", so:
WOODPECKERS OF PARIS TOWNSHIP, OHIO
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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.
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
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.