Monday, March 18, 2013

Gratitude Monday --Watch the Birdie

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A woodpecker contemplates the pecking of some wood.

A Downy woodpecker has been by lately.
I've missed him.
A few years ago he, or his kith or kin, frequented a feeder we had hanging from our shed.
We didn't feed birds for a few years. Woodpecker desertion was part of our punishment.
We started again last summer and carried on for the winter. It took time for the woodpecker to find us, but between the bird ball and the available trees, he's back.
I am grateful.


Tabor said...

We have one male and two females that visit the suet feeder more than the seed feeder and they are certainly charming. No hairy woodpeckers, though.

Leah J. Utas said...

Tabor, they are a joy to watch. I haven't seen any Hairy Woodpeckers at our feeders either.

solarity said...

I miss them here in the city. There were quite a few in the woods near the solar house but I seldom saw any--too many hawks. I don't miss the one at the house before that who announced his presence all summer by hammering on the gutter outside my bedroom at dawn.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

solarity said...

required field must not be blank, indeed?

Leah J. Utas said...

Mary Anne, that can be annoying, but I remind myself it's what woodpeckers do.
Meanwhile, did you have a commenting issue?

Crabby McSlacker said...

I am apparently the only 13 year old present who thinks a "Hairy Woodpecker" sounds somewhat off color.

But your version is much prettier than what popped into my head.

the Bag Lady said...

I have both Hairy and Downy woodpeckers frequenting my feeders, but rarely at the same time.
Glad yours forgave you and returned!

Chris said...

There was a big willow tree right outside my window of the house we just moved out of; that's the only thing I'll miss. Got lots of pretty birds there, and lately a male pileated woodpecker and a couple females. Gorgeous birds. Of course where we are now we get to see quite a few pheasants, the males of which are also beautiful. Dumb, but beautiful.

I always like this Gratitude Monday theme. I may have to swipe the idea. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh, Crabby, I assure you that you are not the only one.

Bag lady, I'm sure I've seen the Hairy variety, but not in years. Glad they visit you.

Chris, how cool to see a pileated woodpecker so close. I didn't know pheasants were all looks and no brain.
Steal the Gratitude theme all you want. I'd be grateful.

messymimi said...

We have woodpeckers. They wake us by tapping on the metal ducts that vent the heating system, as apparently bugs hide under there and the tapping makes them scatter. They are beautiful, but not when you are trying to sleep!

Leah J. Utas said...

That must be quite annoying, Messymimi.

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Barbara Martin said...

Birds learn quickly who the provider of food is. A couple of years ago I put out left over birdseed from my lovebirds mixed with wild birdseed down by the creek and in front of my apartment window on the ground floor. It didn't take long for a pair of mallards to come looking for grain, especially the hen with a perplexed drake tagging along.

Hilary said...

They are sweet visitors. I'm glad for you, Leah.

Leah J. Utas said...

Barbara, that must have been quite a sight.
Hilary, thanks.

solarity said...

Leah, no commenting problem after it decided I really was signed in after all.

Mary Anne in Kentucky