I call this large female Pileated Woodpecker a visitor, but she and her mate appear to have moved in. They are the largest birds we have here regularly (about 16 1/2 inches), besides an occasional visit from a hawk… then everyone scatters, including the squirrels. ~
ISO 1000, 1/250sec. f6.3. 600mm, Nikon, cropped only.
I can feel and see the signs that Fall is on the way. But we’re still having the hot summer days, the last of summer. This backyard visitor is enjoying a summer bath. Might be one of the last ones before he takes off for warmer climes. Think I’ll just hang out on the porch and enjoy what is left of these warm days. Before you know it, the wind will blow, leaves will fall, and then snow will fall. Hope wherever you are, you see something simple today that makes you slow down, notice, and enjoy.
(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)
Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower! –Terre
Winter storms have kept us inside, so I’ve put out the winter feeders to help these little creatures weather the recent high winds and deep snow.
All sorts of birds have come, but now have to battle the starlings that recently showed up too. Yes, I know starlings have to eat also, but really! This little nuthatch, though, seems to have the tree all to himself as he walks often upside down, sideways, and then changes directions while creeping and moving all around the limb picking at it. He doesn’t have to battle too much the other birds at the feeders, though he and his mate still joins the black-capped chickadees and tufted titmouse at the feeder. Little lucky birds!
The small (about 5 and 3.4 inches) white-breasted nuthatch are usually found in pairs year round and are common in eastern North America, most often near open forests with oak or pine trees.