It's time for the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop ~ sponsored by our friends from Comedy Plus. We're happy today! Recently, my daughter and I have been working to dedicate a section of our backyard as a small haven for the neighborhood birds ... and of course, the ground critters who tag along and feed below. It's a work in progress (the weeds keep taking over!) but as I write we have two feeders, a suet cage, a couple of (unsold-unrented) bird houses ... and a few "decorative" things, like old tree stumps for perching. Bathing area yet to come. Lots of visitors each day, many yet to be identified. Good viewing from the deck or downstairs family room windows ... it is a happy thing, a quiet time, relaxing ... to watch them come and go. And me ... working hard to improve my photo skills ... our flying friends are fast and startle easily, it takes patience.
Here, a regular visitor ... a Downy Woodpecker. They are small, only 5-6" in size, and a bit on the chubby side when compared to the traditional "woody" woodpecker we most often visualize ... and they wear a little red cap rather than a crown ... TOP: he waits on the fence for his turn at the popular suet cage, BOTTOM: it's his turn!
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