What a great weekend! Even though I had to work on my second job (posting content to an equine website, Equisearch.com) for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, I was still able to work in some quality time with Eric, some horsey time at the barn and some gardening time. Housework, not so much...
Since I had to get up early to work I sat in the breakfast nook for a while, drinking coffee and gearing myself up to get started. Suddenly, I saw a quick flash of red outside. As I watched, I saw it was my friend, Woody Woodpecker, (original name, huh?) a Red-bellied Woodpecker who often wakes me up on weekends if I'm not quick enough getting food out for him. He's usually one of the first, if not the first, bird to arrive at the buffet line of my fence, where I sprinkle feed for them.
On Saturday, however, he was checking out the suet feeder, since I had just put a fresh one out there the night before.
He hung around, literally, for a while posing for photographs and pecking at bugs before disappearing into the tree next door.
On my second cup of coffee, I again caught some movement out of the corner of my eye. At first I thought Woody was back, but it was a different woodpecker this time, a Downy Woodpecker.
Downy Woodpeckers and Hairy Woodpeckers are very similar in appearance, and I had to consult this page in order to confidently identify this little guy as a Downy.
The Downy Woodpecker's bill is much shorter than that of the Hairy and they are smaller.
I was excited to see this little guy, I hadn't seen one before. He even stayed around when I stepped outside and sat on the patio to drink my coffee. He was really into that suet feeder!
Which reminds me, I need to add that to the shopping list...
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.