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Goldfinches And Hairy Woodpeckers

August 8, 2013
Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker) - male

Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker) – male (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Photo credit: K Schneider)

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker (Photo credit: crosby_allison)

American Goldfinch. Canada Rondeau Provincial ...
The humidity came back early this morning. At 4:00 am it was so stuffy inside the trailer that I had to get up and open the windows. It started raining around 6:00 pm. It came down gently, but steadily for two hours. I went to get the mail a few minutes ago. There were six goldfinches flitting about and chirping. I like the way they bob up and down as they fly. They are pretty little birds. There were also two pairs of what I think are ladder-back woodpeckers going from tree to tree, knocking on them as they looked for tasty insects. I like they way their black and white bands alternate. The red patches on the backs of their heads are eye-catching. The cats are also bird watching. They are sitting in front of the screen in the door observing all the activity. There are also some sparrows and a blue jay for them to see. I can hear them chattering up a storm. “Crunchy Birdies! Many Crunchy Birdies!” Their tails lash back and forth. They press their noses tightly to the screen. They want to go outside and hunt. I keep them indoors were they belong. I refer to my copy of the “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds (Eastern Region). It is a very handy book. The color photos make it easy to find the right bird. They aren’t ladde-backs, they have red bars on the back of their heads not caps. I debate between the pictures of the Downy and the Hairy Woodpeckers. The birds could be either one. I turn to the descriptions. It becomes clear. The birds I saw were too large to be Downy’s so they must be Hairy’s. Emily

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