It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any nature photos, and, now that winter’s here (or almost), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share photos of our fall and winter birds. In North Carolina, we get plenty of migratory birds from the Northeastern US and parts of Canada, some of which have become frequent backyard visitors.
Initially, I wanted to include them all in this post, in addition to our resident birds, but there are simply too many photos–and too many different birds–so I’ll be dividing my “Birds of Winter” photographs into separate posts instead. Below, you can find robins, bluebirds, and many different kinds of woodpeckers, including the large and beautiful Pileated Woodpecker.
An interesting note about Pileated Woodpeckers: They are the largest woodpeckers in North America, and they are visually stunning. While Pileated Woodpeckers are fairly common in wooded areas, they can be difficult to spot in spring and summer when the trees are full of leaves. However, their dinosaur-like call (I always feel like I’m in the middle of Jurassic Park when I hear Pileated Woodpeckers calling.) lets you know they’re around.
I have been trying since last spring to get a reasonably good photo of one of these beauties, and a few weeks ago, I finally got my wish when I discovered a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers roosting in a tree in the front yard. (There is a photo of the female inside their roosting hole below.) And now their call is one of the first sounds I hear almost every morning.
All of these photos were taken in and around my backyard. Click on any image to enlarge.