Sunday, December 23, 2007

I Got The Reds for Christmas!

I had a great day of birding which happened out of luck. I had to repair a flat on a tire and was outside on the driveway when a chatter arose above my head. It was a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker and the juvenile Red-Headed Woodpecker. They were not playing nice, to say the least. I was excited about this as I've never seen a male Red-Bellied in my yard, only the female. The juvenile Red-Head is also one of my favorites as I seen it grow up over the six months.

If you look closely, you can seen the Red-Head is beginning to lose it's juvenile plumage and starting to look more like an adult. Compare its plumage to one of these early posts which shows it distinct juvenile plumage.

This male probably has been around my yard but this is the first time I've ever seen it. With the little spat going on over the tree, he didn't realize I was even around, snapping these shots. In the first pic, I got a good shot of his belly, where the red is hidden and where he gets his name from. Look close, you can see the hint of red!

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The birds have been busy around my house the last few weeks. I have a whole new group of birds in my yard compared to just six months ago.

The weather in Arkansas has been usual to say the least. 25 degrees one morning and 65 a few days later! The birds don't seem to mind though.

One of my new favorites are the White Throated Sparrows. There have to up to 15 sparrows in my yard at one time. These little guys are ground feeders and are fun to watch!

Everyone go over to
Birds Etcetera and check out the newly posted "Known North American Bird Blogs #7". This blog is a great resource to find other birding blogs out there. John does a great job on helping to pull together all of the blogs out there and put them together in one place.

Merry Christmas and God Bless!


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