Good Monday morn to all! I have had quite the birdwatching morning already! I just did NOT want to come inside, because I saw a sight of sights this morning, a pileated woodpecker, and those are sort of rare to see! I will show you his mugshot in a bit (not as clear as I’d like).
Annie and I started out the day with a walk. These leaves caught my eye as we left the yard. They look so much like large mushrooms! Ahh, nature! You are full of fun and tricks!
On out farther, I was drawn to this lone pinecone, surrounded by greenbriar. I’d hate to be the one to have to tear all that greenbriar down! Will watch for the leaves this spring, but if it is what I think it is, the tender young leaves are edible and it has uses to deer and other animals (and people).
Once back home, I got Annie settled into her snuggly spot inside on the couch, and I went back out to sit quietly near the feeders to watch for birds. A lovely pair (or two or three) of cardinals showed up.
One was so incredibly bright! I think he’s the brightest male I have seen this year. Beautiful!!
I absolutely love cardinals.
And sweet little chickadees!
And now, let me tell you about this huge woodpecker that I had the privilege to watch this morning. I was pretty much focused on the birds right around me, when out of the corner of my eye I spied large wings landing in a tree across the yard and near the edge of someone else’s yard. I am not sure I have ever even seen one in real life. Maybe in books only, and then I dreamed of seeing one. They are timid and don’t come down to our level much. A pileated woodpecker!
I know the picture is blurry, but he was quite a distance from me, and there were lots of branches obscuring a good view. I sat for a long time, hoping he’d come closer, but he never did . So I got up and walked his way, hoping to not scare him and to at least get one shot, even if blurry! I suppose you notice he’s in the sweetgum tree! I knew this tree would be special to me this year! (You can see the sweetgum balls above.)
We are not too far from an Air Force base, and sometimes the military choppers will come over. Such was the case this morning, and the woodpecker flew away, even farther away than before, and I got one last picture. But you can see the brilliant color, the black marks that run along the side of its head, the shape of its head, and its large size!!
I have to work today, and lots of work there is!! So I must run. There is so much that a day brings! We never know from one moment to the next what will be our lot, so I am very content this morning to have my birdfeeders, my job, my family, and my little easel that calls out to me a minute here and a minute there throughout the course of a day.