Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Care and feeding of the Birds


woodpecker, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

It has been so cold here for the last week. To me anything under 38 is too cold. But it has been in the 20's relentlessly.

I am happy that I can help my little bird friends out. I just recently realized that I have two different woodpeckers coming to my feeder. There is this one in the photo and a red headed one as well. They are the sweetest birds. Always waiting patiently for their turn at the feeder. The funniest thing about them is that they cannot seem to get a grip on the iron railing. So while they are waiting for their turn at the suet, they slowly slide down, down, down......it is quite funny really.

9 comments:

Robbie said...

This looks like a downy or hairy (they are about 9" and larger than the downy). The red headed is most likely 'red bellied' although the red is on their head. Does he have stripes on his wings and body? If so, it's a red bellied otherwise, it could be just the red-headed woodpecker (only head is red and wing is mostly black with some white. You should sign up for the Cornell Bird survey. It's so much fun to do!!!

Roberta said...

What a fantastic idea! That looks like fun! I need to look a little closer this weekend!

montucky said...

Judging by the beak length, that is likely a Downey. We have lots of visitors to our feeding area too now that it's cold and snowy. I think the food helps them out a lot in this kind of weather. Our biggest customers here are the wild turkeys, who aren't birds at all; they're pigs with feathers!

Roberta said...

Believe it or not we have wild turkeys here in Boston as well. They are so funny yet very aggressive. I once saw one chasing a man up the sidewalk! I couldn't believe my eyes! I was sorry I didn't have my camera with me that day!

kelly@thebluemuse said...

I love downy woodpeckers, they are so cute. We have much in common it seems, I am also a graphic designer who makes jewelry... :)

Dee D said...

When we lived in NH we always had woodpeckers arriving at the feeders. But about turkeys - have you seen babies - they look like bowling balls racing around on two tiny legs.

Roberta said...

No I have never seen a baby turkey! That must be hilarious!

Filamental said...

Roberta,
I am so happy to meet you! You are my kind of person. I love your posts on natural beauty and the way you share how you care.
Your web page is just beautiful. I look forward to reading your posts.

Sandy said...

A very pretty woodpecker. Thanks for commenting on my blog.