Sunday, February 7, 2016

Woodpeckers Eat Suet

The two bird feeders: one filled with rendered deer fat, the other with raw slabs, have been visited almost continuously by a variety of woodpeckers. The most fancy is a Red-bellied woodpecker that actually has a red head, with no red on its belly. The others are small Downy woodpeckers and larger Hairy woodpeckers both of which also have red marking on their heads.
Hairy Woodpecker Eating Rendered Suet
Another View of a Hairy Woodpecker
The Same Hairy Woodpecker That Doesn't Seem to Have Any Red on Its Head
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Better View of the Red-Bellied Woodpecker's Head
A Downey Woodpecker Eating Raw Suet That Disappears Much More Slowly
Each camera setup captured thousands of photos in less than five hours and the above are representative. The birds of a specie look so similar that it is difficult to ascertain how many different birds were involved. The feeder in the last photo, which is right outside our kitchen window, has one or another Downey woodpecker almost continuously from dawn to dusk. Occasionally, a chickadee or starling get chances to take a few nibbles.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coyote: Revisited

A great meal story traveled widely: two coyotes visited the photo site over the next days. The first canine visitor was a fox, followed an hour and a half later by the first coyote.
Our Black-Eared Fox: Probably a Red Fox
Same Fox, Sniffing
First Coyote: Four Blond Legs
Leaving a Deposit!
Walking Away
That Evening: A Black Left Rear Legged Coyote Stops By

Other animals also dropped by: Crows, the pheasant, a rabbit, cats, an opossum, the fox, and, every day, our dog.
Very Few Crow Photos Since Last Post: Probably the Same Pair That Visited Every Day. They Never Returned.

Fox Returns This Morning