Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wild Birds in a winter that just won't stop......

This female pileated woodpecker was my lucky shot for this week. I have to thank her for flying in front of the picture window in my sunroom so that I would notice the unmistakable pattern of her black and white feathers as she flew over. Thankfully they registered with me quickly enough so I could grab my camera as she landed in the oak tree outside the window. She was also kind enough to pose such that the blue sky we had that ONE day was behind her. That dead limb needs taken out of the tree but I think we'll leave it a while longer for her to return to and I'm hoping she will.
Don't be mislead. There was snow on the ground underneath that blue sky.
Be sure to check out Wild Birds with Stewart to see what feathered friends have visited others this week.
In the meantime here are some snow scenes from the past week I thought I'd post before winter takes its leave (HA) and I forget to post them.
On this day the snow began gently falling at a steady pace and close to evening it was falling so hard it was almost blizzard like. No, my lens didn't get wet. I took this standing in my front doorway under the porch roof. I do really like how the lens picked up the snowflakes. Other than my watermark this is straight out of the camera.
Just four days ago after three inches of snow and below zero temps this was how it looked on my deck. There will be no porch sittin' anytime soon! After a weekend warm up you would have been hard pressed to find any ice or snow on Sunday.
BUT, yesterday morning my little corner of the world was blanketed with seven inches of fresh snow!! 
 Guess Puxatanny Phil was right and Old Man Winter is going to be around awhile longer.

28 comments:

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, I would love to have a Pileated visit that close!! and your snowy shots are lovely!!

TexWisGirl said...

GREAT shot of the pileated!!! lucky you (well, not so lucky for the snow...)

BUT, that 2nd shot is FABULOUS!!! love how ghostly it looks with the huge snow globs to dilute the scene. it really needs to be note cards - or even full-page printed stationery since the scene is so subtle it would work as a watermark. spectacular!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The icicle picture is gorgeous! And that woodpecker!!! (are you quite sure you somehow don't have a camera embedded in your hand...you always get the very best shots out of your window...I would never even be able to find the camera quickly enough!)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Lucky you to have that pileated woodpecker pose for your right outside your window. I have only seen one once when I was house sitting for a friend and it flew into her back yard.
The snow photos are pretty.

Red said...

Pileated woodpeckers are very attractive birds and you got a great photo. They are not wary and usually don't take off right away.
You show us some beautiful snow scenes even if you are sick of winter.

Rose said...

Oh, Carletta, these are wonderful...specially the one where you stood in the open door.

More snow is supposed to be headed our way this afternoon!

Betsy Adams said...

Wow--you all have really had the snow this winter. We haven't had much at all although we have had the frigid temperatures... (I would rather have snow!! ha)

Gorgeous photos... I really like Mrs. Pileated!!!

Foggy morning here on the Cumberland Plateau. Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Karen said...

Ohhhhh, love that pileated! I have never been able to get a pic of one. We have another major snowstorm predicted for tomorrow. I don't mind, I like winter!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

Gail Dixon said...

Awesome shots, especially of the diamond-like snow falling around the trees. Magical!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

How beautiful! We have Pileated Woodpeckers, too, but I have never been able to get such a good shot of one. We leave the dead trees standing for them, too:) Your snow pics are magical. xo

mick said...

The Woodpecker is especially beautiful against that blue sky. Great snowy photos but I wouldn't want to have to live in it!

Gordon said...

I envy you the pecker, great shot by the way, but I don't envy you the snow.
Hope it warms up for you soon, Gordon.

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, awesome shot of the Pileated. They are cool visitors to your yard. It looks much the same here wity the snow and ice, move headed this way tonight. :(

Lovely images, Have a happy week!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

So nice for that beauty to model for you! I love the winter shots of ice and snow - you've had a lot in your little corner of the world!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

love the icicles. is that a face in the piece of wood - you are too funny!! always a fan of woodpeckers. hopped over from the bird link up "Wild Bird Wednesday" ( :

Carletta said...

Beth,
My hubby bought the face last summer and put it up for our Granddaughters. It's on an old tree stump. :)

Esther Joy said...

Hi neighbor! It has been a terrible Ozark winter, I totally agree, and am so ready for spring!

I love the pileated woodpeckers, too!

Carletta said...

Esther, neighbor? I'm in WV. :) As of this evening it's sleeting here.

Ida said...

Fantastic shot of the woodpecker.
Wow that some serious ice and snow. We've had some here this month but nothing to get overly excited about. Still I'm ready for spring.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Lucky you! By the time I go to get my camera and come back..whatever bird it was has moved...usually at least 50 feet further away. :) Great shots- especially of the snow- those are beautiful!

Dave said...

brilliant post. That dead branch looks like a perfect piece for passing Woodies, keep it for good...

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful winter photos and the woodpecker is gorgeous!

kelley jensen said...

and our winter has never arrived. I feel so sorry for you guys, but come summer when we are thirsty I'll be feeling sorry for us. Here's hoping you get a thaw soon.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carletta. How wonderful that the Woodpecker popped in so close to your window and you got a great shot of him. you certainly are having VERY. Cold weather there. keep warm.

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - this is a bird I have lucky enough to see - wonderful!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jeanne said...

Great timing on the Pileated! We don't have them here but we do see them occasionally up at the lake.
Your snow pictures are so good. I especially like the first one with the snowflakes showing up in the foreground!

HansHB said...

A lovely birdphoto!