Birds of Winter

Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)

Here is a new batch of photographs. Among the most noteworthy, for me, are the Red-bellied Woodpecker (above), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a pair of Purple Finches, and a Winter Wren. I spotted the Red-bellied Woodpecker in the woods yesterday morning, way up high in a tree. It was something of a zen experience to sit and watch him drilling, very concentratedly, for about 20 minutes.

There are two male Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers who frequent the trees surrounding my feeders . They typically feed on sap (hence the name) and insects that are attracted to sap. Within the past few weeks, however, and much to my surprise, one of the sapsuckers has begun visiting my feeders. He seems to have a taste for peanuts.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male)

The Purple Finches are a real treat. They’re winter residents in North Carolina, and while I’d hoped to spot one last winter, I never did get a chance, which makes this year’s sightings even more special.

Purple Finches in the rain (female, left and male, right)

And lastly, I discovered this tiny Winter Wren very much by accident one afternoon. I haven’t seen him/her again; although I am very much hoping for a chance at a better photograph.

Winter Wren
Blue Jay
Yellow-rumped Warbler (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Chipping Sparrow
Pine Warbler (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch (male)
Tufted Titmouse
Mourning Dove
House Finch (female)
Blue Jay
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
House Finch (female, left and male, right)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Mourning Dove
American Crow (They’re preening one another.)
Red-tailed Hawk on a gray morning
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)

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