Anywho, I figured it was a loverly way to start my day. Blue jays are one of those birds that lots of folks around here consider as dirt birds. They're big, they're noisy, and they hog lots of space at the feeders. But they're so cool looking! And what's not to love about Red bellied Woodpeckers? Even though their bellies aren't all that red.
It rained a good part of the night, and this morning it was just one of those dreary, sloppy rains. (Did I mention the thunder-snow-lighting thing that happened on Saturday? Very weird.) Just plain yucky this morning.
I was in the kitchen standing on my tippie toes watching the titmice and chickadees that found the front feeders. They zoom in from the trees across the yard and pull up just in time at the feeders. DH was sitting in the family room, doing his crossword puzzle, talking to his bro on the phone, when he starts yelling, "Right in front of you! Right in front of you! Piliated! Piliated!" I looked out the window and in a couple of seconds I saw it! PILIATED Woodpecker! WOOT! We see them briefly in the yard once or twice a year, but this one was just pounding away, right in plain sight.
|DH's view from the crossword puzzle chair......|
|Where the hell is it???|
|THERE IT IS!!!!|
Take pics, take pics, take pics! Document that it's really our front yard! Oh crap the card is full! Where's the phd cameras--swap cards!
|Now it's over by the swing set! Yeah right in our front yard!|
I had the feeling that there was more than one bird, but it was only an inking, that funny little feeling birders get sometime. But there was only one. In the front yard.
Flap flap flap swoop--it's gone! Flew over the house to the back yard. Run to the bedroom and out on to the deck. Dang, rain gushing out of our very expensive gutters. . .
|Yeah, let all that cold damp air in.|
|Dang. Which tree?|
|Wait a minute.......|
|There's TWO of them!!!!|