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Thursday, May 17, 2012

SQUATLO GETS A VISIT FROM A STUNNING RED-HEAD (and sees a flash of red-eyed fury...)

         When you share your living space with a 4th degree black belt in karate you don't make silly blog headlines that might make that person angry... so obviously (!) this isn't a post about some beautiful mystery woman dropping by for a visit.
          We did have a guest stop by, though, and a most unusual guest, at that.

          Red-headed woodpeckers are not very common in this part of Tennessee, at least not in suburban neighborhoods.  We've had a couple at our suet feeders in the past two weeks, and I finally managed to get a shot or two.




             The ruby-throated hummingbirds are becoming more frequent, too.


            Here's a bluejay on our birdbath....


              And here's "Death from Above" flashing through the maple tree on one of his frequent raids.  I'd rather he not snatch songbirds from our feeders, but you have to be in awe of the speed and fury this bird exhibits when he makes an ambush.  After one of his "visits" it's usually about ten minutes before birds begin to reappear on our feeders, and even then they're a little tense...


3 comments:

Melanie said...

How cool is that?? Every time we see a bird that isn't a usual visitor to the neighborhood, the kids pull out their field guide trying to figure out who is about!

dianedp said...

Incredible pictures.
Thanks!

squatlo said...

Mel, I think it's WAY cool that you've got kids looking at field guides (Peterson, perhaps?) to identify new species of birds!!!


Dianedp: I really appreciate any comment on the photography, especially nice ones like yours.
Thanks...