Migrating Snow Geese in flight
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March 17, 2007
There are more than two species of woodpeckers and sapsuckers that look a lot alike, but I am pretty sure this is a Downy Woodpecker.  This one had no red on its head, so it would be the female.  The male is in the next picture taken earlier in the week.

Downy Woodpecker, Female

Downy Woodpecker, Female


I got this little guy a few days ago, but I've been too busy to log on until this weekend.  Anyway, with the picture I got of the female today, I paired them up here. Downy Woodpecker, Male

Downy Woodpecker, Male

The Cardinal was as surprised as I was when he landed on this branch.  I got a few blurry pictures before he flew off without snatching any seed.



Shortly after the male left, his Lady arrived and left just as quickly.  Most of the pictures were blurry of her too, but the last one was pretty sharp.  Here it is, snapped just before she took off.

Female Cardinal

Lady Cardinal

I had some difficulty focusing through my porch railings to snap this Robin foraging amongst the dried leaves for bugs, grubs or worms.  There were two, but I am not sure they were mates or just a couple of single 'guys'.



The red plumage of the House Finch is particularly vivid this time of year.  His song reminds me of the Wren's, which I have not seen yet this Spring.

House Finch, Male

House Finch, Male

When I first went out with my camera today, the dove spooked and flew away, but returned later for this pose.  It's been more than a week since I saw her (him?) with her mate; she has been a lone visitor every day since.  I am watching intently for a 'pairing up'.

Lonesome Dove

Still without a mate

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is an occasional visitor, and an entertaining one. One sound is a squirrel-like chatter, the other a tapping, as one expects from a woodpecker, but louder.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Its acrobatics are even more entertaining, though brief.  It has mastered the feeder whereas other birds of this size can't land on it and must feed from spillage on the ground below.

Woodpecker gripping feeder

Hang on!

I didn't know this one was in my camera.

Woodpecker flying from feeder

And off it goes.

In my most recent visit to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, I saw that there were still some Snow Geese, but I am thinking they are the last group, soon to fly north.

Snow Geese at Squaw Creek Refuge

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