Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Woodpeckers Return

The woodpeckers have returned to their nest in our Aspen tree. Last year what I thought were baby woodpeckers actually turned out to be chickadees. This year, however, I am certain I captured the real thing.

I had no idea there were so many different species of woodpeckers, especially ones residing in Utah. These look like Downy Woodpeckers to me. (Sally, am I right?)

They were tricky to photograph. The male, in particular, was quite elusive.

 
The female appears to stay close to the nest. I assume there is a nest hidden within that knotty trunk. We shall see.

Even though their home isn't that far off the ground, Linus is oblivious, and that's just fine with me.

23 comments:

Ginger said...

Those are amazing shots Julie! I love the one with the head poking out of the tree. Thanks for sharing that. What beautiful birds they are. :)

Julie Harward said...

Linus is a very beautiful cat...and the shots of this bird are just awesome. I just love all the little birds..thank you God for them! :D

Sue said...

Amazing, AMAZING shots. Especially that one with its head sticking out from the tree.

Wonderful.

=)

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

Beautiful pictures! I have a feeling I asked this question already but what kind of camera do you use?

Tammy said...

Fabulous photos Julie !!! Ha, if Linus only KNEW !!!

Suzanne said...

Those are such beautiful photos!

Lisa said...

Hi Julie, I can't believe your little visitors! Are they loud? You take wonderful pictures by the way! And your kitty is very well behaved!
THANK YOU for your sweet comment tonight - I was hesitant to publish that post and have revised it 10 times since! :) Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Sally said...

Holy cow Julie! Those pictures are awesome! How long did you have to wait around to get those?

Dixie Mom said...

What beautiful birds...whatever they are! I love him peeking his head out the hole...they fit in to the tiniest spots.
I hope Linus stays oblivious. :)

Valerie said...

Those are some gorgeous pictures!
I love woodpeckers.

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Ed said...

Love the birds and the picture! Nice work-

Jenny said...

There was a woodpecker outside our window this morning that looked like this guy.

Cherie said...

Wow I have to agree - Those are really some sensational shots you took. I love that you got him pecking his hole and sitting in it. Soooo cool!

Garden of Egan said...

Linus is BEAUTIFUL!
I do love cats though.

I didn't know all that about the birds either.

Mom to Many said...

Beautiful!

Wendys Hat said...

Great pictures! I love her nest when her head is poking out! WOW! Does that do permanent damage to the tree? Last year {for the first time ever, I do live in the desert} I heard pecking and found one in my big oak tree! I was amazed!

Marvett Smith said...

Great images! I'm sure they weren't easy to get!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

What amazing photos. Love it!

Warmly, Michelle

Mindy said...

Wow, those are so neat! Love the cat too. :o)

Life is good! said...

woodpeckers are beautiful birds. i hear them every once in a while but never see them. my cat would do the same thing-ignore!

Fine Art by Jennifer said...

Those are great pictures!

Samara Link said...

Really nice captures, Julie!

I love birch trees. I think they might be my favorite. ;)