Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Female Hairy Woodpecker of the Vermilon River. A Post to World Bird Wednesday.




My post on the Alberta Tar Sands and Oil tired me out so you're not getting much text today, except to add that these were taken at my bird feeders which are only active as long as there are leaves on the tree.

Just a quick aside. The post on oil got as many page views as usual. My audience is slanted towards the US, followed by Canadians in a rough ratio of the population, and then by S. Koreans and people from the UK., and with the minority from western and eastern Europe. The comments were not as heavy as usual, but I expected none, because the post apart from Boom's photo is long and all copy. So I'm pleased with the results and I'll answer the comments on another post.

If you want to see the post just scroll down to yesterday's post.

A post to World Bird Wednesday.

36 comments:

  1. Nice pictures, Gary. These are such quick moving creatures, I've not had much luck capturing a woodpecker. This one sure in enjoying the suet.

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  2. She's a cute little thing. I'm impressed that your squirrels don't rip the suet feeder off and steal what's inside. That's what happens with mine.

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  3. Nice photos of the woodpecker.

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  4. Hairy's are regular visitors to my feeders, I enjoy watching them so much..haven't seen a Downy for awhile though, I have to go to Hershey Lake for the Pileated as I just can't seem to attract them to my feeders here. Nice pics, Gary...

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  5. SO much fun to watch these guys go about their day...I saw a couple down on the ground in the woods today--made me wonder if they were gathering moss to line a nest hole? Great photos..and Im headed to read your Oil n Sand post.

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  6. Great close captures, I haven't see one of these around in awhile.

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  7. good photo of the woodpecker looking at you. My feeders are just the opposite of yours. I only use them when there are no leaves on the trees. I get too busy once the weather warms up.
    nellie

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  8. Love the woodpecker shots! I've read it's a good idea to have a mix of blog posts -- one talky" and then picure heavy!

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  9. Super shots of a bird I have yet to see! I'm lucky if I see a Downy.

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  10. Nice pictures of the Hairy Woodpecker. I frequently see Downies and Flickers, but I've only seen one Hp this year.
    Boom is a beautiful dog!

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  11. Just to show that too many woodpeckers is never enough!

    Cheers Stewart M

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  12. Terrific photos. The second one is my favourite!
    Have a nice day:)

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  13. Nice pics Gary! I can't wait to catch up on my blogging after having been away. The oil sands post will be my first stop after all the WBW contributions. Rest easy my friend!

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  14. wow she is so cute and looks like she is hungry too! Beautiful set of pictures!

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  15. a lovely bird to put into image Gary. She is indeed a cute one.

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  16. A lovely capture of a beautiful bird. Your recent posts are making very interesting reading.

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  17. Gorgeous shots of the Hairy Woodpecker Gary! I really like that first one with the suet all over her beak.

    Thanks for the info on the Tar Sands. I am going to go read your post and also watch the video link you gave. What a debacle huh?

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  18. Hi Sally. She sure is a cuttie isn't she.

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  19. Hi Louise. Our squirrels are red squirrels that inhabit spruce trees,and are very well behaved.

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  20. It is an interesting shot Frank.

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  21. Hi Bonifer. Pileateds are rare, and as soon as I can get into that trail I'll be looking for him.

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  22. Thanks Trish for the visit and glad you enjoyed the pics.

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  23. Hi BGM. That is an interesting photo.

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  24. Hi Sallie. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

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  25. Hi Jean. As someone else said you can never have enough woodpeckers.

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  26. Hi pattyler1. Boom loves compliments. I'm short on Downey's.

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  27. Hi Springman. Hope you had a good trip.

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  28. Hi Andrew. Thanks for the visit.

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  29. Hi Larry. The real risk in the Tar Sands is un- tried science and no conservation linked to the use of the oil.

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