Monday, November 30, 2015

Pileated Woodpecker at Hopkinton State Park

What fun!  I wasn't expecting to see a Pileated Woodpecker at all.  It was very near the upper beach and was content to work at the hole it was digging while I moved about in the noisy fall leaves just beneath it.  I could hear a second Pileated Woodpecker, as well, while I was watching this one but I never saw the other one.


This was about it for blue sky today.


Most of the sky was grey.


 Don't you just love the "Bozo" red feathers!?


Too bad this one is not in good focus...




Yup, I think he sees me!


Look at the size of that hole!


Nice view of the three-toed foot



Note the tail position, leaning against the tree to help support the bird's perch on the trunk.


Impressive bill!  Seeing this bird is such a thrill!

I took a couple of videos, the first to record the sounds that alerted me to its presence, and the second, showing it pecking the hole.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Frosty Walk at BHCL

Today was my first frosty walk, but only because I have not been getting out there.  I got a late start again today, but it was early enough that the shady areas still hosted some frost (although some was melted).  So pretty!






Northern Cardinal




House Finch




Cedar Waxwing



Blue Jays



Northern Mockingbird














Friday, November 27, 2015

A Visit to Beautiful Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Unless you go early, or in bad weather, this sanctuary can be very busy and is popular with young families!  This is wonderful in many ways except for the opportunity to see wildlife, but once in a while, you just have to do it anyway!




 Mallard





 Dark-Eyed Junco

Eastern Bluebird





 More bluebirds, one for each post!