Thursday, February 26, 2015

Through the Window: Woodpeckers

Late February has brought long cold days. The sun stays with us for hours longer than it did in the dark days of December, and it is even possible to feel a bit of warmth when in its direct glow. However, it is still clearly Winter around here. I have been looking for a Canada goose to fly by. I sometimes spot them in February. No goose has been silly enough to show up yet. We have no open water, no hint that  will change soon.
But the woodpeckers have been around all Winter.  
They show up every day to enjoy the suet cakes and peanuts that I leave for them. 
 I am amazed that their little bird feet can grip the metal cage around the suet and not freeze.
The woodpeckers take a break by flying off to the nearby trees. We have Hairy and Downy woodpeckers at our feeders. There are Pileated Woodpeckers around, but they don't land at my feeder and I have yet to take a good photograph of one. The Pileated Woodpecker is larger with a bright red head. They are most often spotted near the top of an electric power pole when I am driving down a quiet gravel road.
 After a perch in the tree, they swoop back to the feeder for another munch.

Brave and hardy woodpeckers in GriggsDakota.

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