4.18.2019

THANKFUL THURSDAY ~ WOODY

At the farthest away corner of our backyard there is a small semi-circle, edged by old logs.  In that untended area is a log pile, leftover leaves for mulching and the compost bins. Near winters end, we'd noticed a couple logs beginning to decay and thought to soon replace them.  
Not now!
Those who visit Zoolatry know we are avid backyard-bird watchers ... and last Sunday morning we had a rare and exciting treat observing a Pileated Woodpecker enjoying breakfast for nearly a half-hour at those old decaying logs.
The Pileated is among the larger woodpeckers, averaging 15-16" in size.  This is a male, as defined by his red mustache (the female has a white one).  Though we have seen him from time to time in our tree tops, this was the closest he had come ~ though the photos remain a bit grainy as he was still shot from a distance.
The old decaying logs will stay awhile longer ...

Thankful for all the birds that visit our yard
and enhance our lives with their songs and their beauty!


14 comments:

  1. Thanks fer the picture of the large one. We only get the smaller types here. Not that we ignore them. But the big guys are impressive...

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  2. That guy is stunning! We always hear those woodpeckers, but we rarely see them.

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  3. Now that's really one good looking woodpecker! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  4. We have never seen a bird like that woodpecker.
    He is colorful and big.
    Thankful you were able to get his photo.

    ♥ Astro and Mitzie

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  5. Those are such pretty birds. We get them every once in a while around here. Have a super day Ann.

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  6. We too love our birds. They visit us every day and we love to watch and listen to them. They make us smile.

    I'm thankful that I found you. You've really helped me with promoting my blog and for that I thank you.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, Ann. Scritches to Dougie and Zoey. ♥

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  7. Wow, I wouldn't be replacing those logs either!! I think your photos are gorgeous, my wildlife shots are never that good. :-)

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  8. Wow! That's amazing! We see mostly downie and red belly woodpeckers around here.

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  9. We see all the holes that Woody leaves on the fallen trees when we're taking our morning walks but we never see him actively pecking.

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  10. Beautiful photos - I just love that red!

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  11. That red color is so vibrant!!! Your photo looks just great to us. Thanks for sharing.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  12. We hear woodpeckers in our nayborhood, but we've never seen such a big one!

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  13. What a beauty and a wonderful find!!

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  14. What great pictures ! There is one in our eighborhood but I can never get close enough to take a worthwhile pic !

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