Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wild Birds and An Imposter

On a recent rainy day the grackle seemed to be the one bird willing to fight the rain to grab a few seeds.

What have we here? Not a new bird species but just a drenched imposter grabbing all the seed he can get. This is the first time I've seen him at the feeder. Guess he's discovered a new dining place to get his meals.
This red-headed woodpecker is a lifer for me. I was visiting my Mom this week and walking around her yard with my camera when a bird flew over my head. I think I held my breath when I saw it. It landed quite a few feet away and I got two shots. This was the best one. Mom says they come near her feeders sometimes. Guess I need to plan a whole day at her house in a chair in the yard. :)
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

36 comments:

Karen said...

That is an awesome bird Carletta, a really great shot of it too. The woodpecker I mean.

Karen said...

The grackles are at my feeders rain or shine, as are the squirrels! That's an awesome shot of the red-headed woodpecker! Congrats on seeing and photographing a lifer!

Karen Frost said...

Gorgeous shot of the woodpecker! I've never seen a Grackle - what a funny name! He's a beauty. I hope you are kind to the squirrel. It makes me so upset when people put out feeders and then shoot at the ones they don't want to feed. Please don't be like that! xoxo

Leave It To Davis said...

What a cutie that squirrel is! Love the woodpecker. I would have been holding my breath, too. I get so excited when I see one!

Carletta said...

Karen F. - I love the squirrels so no need to worry. :) The feeder has been there over eight months and this is the first time I've seen him there and I haven't seen him back on it since.

TexWisGirl said...

soaking wet little varmint! :)

i am SO jealous of the redhead. i really miss seeing them from my wis. youth. they're so brilliantly colored.

EG CameraGirl said...

Ha! Grackles don't like to miss a meal. And neither do squirrels!

Congrats on the lifer, red-headed woodpecker.

Linda said...

Lovely photos, Carletta.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yay for the lifer! I saw my first red-headed this year as well.

You better buy a lot more sunflower seed; once those little imps figure out the feeder they'll be there every day!

Betsy Adams said...

Congrats on seeing a Red-headed... They are the prettiest of the woodpeckers I think. Be sure to check out my blog tomorrow for some fabulous bird photos.

We are having so much trouble with squirrels too... I have to put my feeders up alot --or else they would eat everything. Drives me crazy!!!

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

HansHB said...

Lovely serie of photos, Nice to study!

Red said...

this is a solid triple. Grackles are impressive with color. Sneaky squirrels never stop surprising us and a lifer? What more can you ask?

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful shot of the woodpecker - they are always a delight - and hard to catch a good photo of.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful shot of the woodpecker!

Mary Kiss said...

Hehehe the impostor is doing great though! ^_^ Make me smile when I see it I wonder at first who could be the impostor ^_^. Like your shots and so love the woodpecker we do not have that kind here in Michigan. Thanks for sharing.

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Kim,USA

mick said...

Great photos and so good you got a photo of the Woodpecker.

thewovenspoke said...

Love the woodpecker shot!

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, great shots of the birds and squirrel. Congrats on your Redhead woodie lifer. They are beautiful woodpeckers.

CabinGirl said...

Congrats on seeing the Red-headed Woodpecker! (and on having your camera handy when you saw it) :-)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Oh boy, squirrels... This woodpecker is absolutely stunning! He would definitely be worth a whole day of waiting for - although the shots you have are already great!

Ken Schneider said...

Nice shot of the woodpecker. i envy you, as I still have not succeeded in getting a decent view of one, much less a photo!

Daniel LaFrance said...

I've never seen the likes of this gorgeous woody.

Terrific capture!

kelley jensen said...

the starlings are the birds busy in my backyard right now. I used to have grackle's visit but I haven't seen any for a few years. That is a great shot.

Betty Manousos said...

great shot of this beautiful bird, dear carletta.


aw squirrels! look at that little rascal!!

have a lovely day!:)

Dave said...

What a great feeling to get the Red headed Woodpecker in the bag - great lifer

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous Red-Head...congrats on the lifer!

Craver Vii said...

That squirrel knows that there's nothing like a handful of birdseed after doing laps in the pool. Great pics, Carletta!

Jori said...

Awesome! I have never seen a woodpecker like that! It is absolutely gorgeous!

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful pictures Carletta, love your red-headed woodpecker. I've never seen him here, or anywhere else for that matter. One day I hope :)

Cheers, Denise
An English Girl Rambles

bailey-road.com said...

That woodpecker is a handsome bird. Congratulations on the sighting and capture!

prairiebirder said...

Congratulation on your lifer. Red-headed Woodpeckers are so beautiful!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful shots! I love the woodpecker.

Faye said...

I missed two hawks flying overhead w/o camera. Glad you spotted the red head. And like you, I'm thinking need to set up camera and a lounge chair by the window to catch these more elusive birds.

Stewart M said...

I know that they steal the seeds meant for the birds - but your cant help but like them!!

And the woodpecker is great.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Rose said...

Great shot of the grackle...I have a red-headed woodpecker that comes to my feeders but he is so shy, I can hardly blink an eye without he takes off.

pattisjarrett said...

Love the woodpecker, have never seen one here.