Friday, January 15, 2010

The Red Heads

IT finally warmed up enough for me to take my camera out and not have to put gloves on and off...just cant deal with the small buttons and gloves!! IT was the perfect day to go to what I always lovingly call the "Forty Acre Woods"..its not really 40 acres its more like 150 and its a very abused piece of land used to grow and cut timber within walking distance of my house its about 1/4 mile away. Lucky for me the last time they cut it they never replanted!! SO its more open now although the brambles are beginning to take over..its also leased for hunting so certain times of the year I cant go rambling thru there. But the great thing about it is the land is not flat its on a slope...and at the bottom of that slope is a wet area where the entire acerage drains and this creates a seasonal pool of water so that means BIRDS love this area. I always see amazing birds there..in the spring n summer the Indigo Bunting & Blue Grosbeak are my favorites to stalk, and year round the Red Headed Woodpecker!

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Red Headed WoodPecker

They are very curious so not too hard to get close to...I usually make a lot of strange noise and they come to check me out...there are several standing dead trees they make use of in the Forty Acre Woods for nesting. I have to visit again in the spring when they are feeding and raising young! Last year there were many of them...they use the trees closer to the water pool I mentioned for nesting...since water means BUGS! The trees have large holes hollowed out for the nests...REALLY COOL spot to reconnect with nature.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great place Dixxe.
    What a stunning looking bird. Beautiful head colour.

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  2. Dixie, these are marvelous pictures. I really enjoyed them.

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  3. They really are great shots. Don't think I've ever seen one in person.

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  4. What beautiful shots of Mr. Red Head. Did you use a tripod?

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