Hello, My Friends!~~
Sunday was one of those rare balmy winter days and we went out and about the local parks and our own neighborhood looking for birds. I think I told you that Hubby and me have taken up the sport of birding and do so whenever we can. Yesterday morning we went to a large park in Alexandira, VA and found several lovely birds.
A male Red-Wing Blackbird called to others of his kind acorss the cattails and frozen pond.
Nothern Pintails huddled on top of the ice.
A puffy American Goldfinch checked out his surroundings.
A Rusty Blackbird, a winter visitor, hung out in the reeds. His spring/summer home is Canada.
We were thrilled to spot three Red-Headed Woodpeckers. I caught a juvenile RHWP on the side of a tree. We saw two juveniles and one adult. The adult was more elusive and cautious, and stayed farther back in the forest.
Nearer home, we walked through the woods that is bordered by large office buildings and a hotel. We were looking fof Pileated Woodpeckers we knew lived there, but were delighted to find high atop a dead tree a juvenile Red Headed Woodpecker over his home.
His head is still dark brown but hopefully should brighten to red by spring/summer. We look forward to observing him now that we know where he lives.
At home, as dusk was increasing, we walked around the corner to a wooded area bordering the neighborhood. Hubby can do a very decent Barred Owl call with his hands. The owl that lives in the woods soon showed himself, and despite the low light conditions, I got a few photos of him.
He mainly eats crayfish in the creek or hapless squirrels that can't escape his talons. I love seeing this owl and was thrilled to get some pictures of him!
Thanks for seeing what this birdbrain blogger loves!~~~XXOO, Beth