See how this Hairy Woodpecker has bristles around the base of it's bill to protect it's nostrils from sawdust. It also has a forked tongue to grab insects when excavating.
Oh my, did she really land this close?
A Pileated Woodpecker is about the size of a crow. I have been trying to get a good shot for a number of years, they are very timid. A few years back I sat in a flooded woodland hoping to get one for three days going there on a tip. I never got close, they know when you are there, but I had a relaxing time sitting in my lawn chair in the mud and water. This lady was a real treat and you know I will return hoping to see her more.
Look how that head rotates, and then off she went. Thank you dear!
Northern Cardinal male
Female Northern Cardinal
A Downy Woodpecker male uses it's stiff tail feathers to form a tripod when climbing a tree. It is one of the most abundant of woodpeckers.
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