Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Wednesday Wings - Woodpeckers
Hairy Woodpecker on the left, Downy Woodpecker on the right. They're identical except for size.
It was a little over fifty degrees today. Winter in SW Michigan isn't over yet, but we're getting a nice February thaw with lots of mud and slush.
Funny how fifty degrees feels so cold in autumn, but it's down right balmy after several months of frigid winter. I think I post that thought every spring, but every spring I wonder about it.
Here's Mr. Hairy all by himself looking very awesome. This time of year he spends some time each day "drumming" for a mate.
Wouldn't it be easier just to meet a female at the feeding station?
On the left is a female Downy. On the right is a White-breasted Nuthatch.
The Nuthatches love to be upside down. Once I heard a so-called bird expert on the radio say that birds require gravity to eat because they can't swallow. Obviously that's not always true. And maybe never. I don't bother listening to him anymore.