This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Woodpeckers

Last week I went to the dentists for a check up, and I spent some of the time while I was waiting trying to get a picture of a bird at the bird feeder. After several missed shots, I caught this little woodpecker at the feeder.
Can you identify it? My guess is that it is a downy woodpecker, but I am not all that good at bird identification.

For the last week some bird has been hammering in one of our trees. There were wood chips all over the sidewalk in front of the house. He seems to have finished, and has been poking his head out. I caught him with my digital camera and see that he is a flicker. I wonder if he soon will be making the wild flicker noises as he tries to attract a mate.
I hope he finds a mate. It will be fun watching them come and go.

Update: A flicker may have built it, but it appears that a starling has claimed it. I will not be fun watching the starlings come and go.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Great shots! I think you're right about the Downy. Sorry that pretty female (no mustache) red-shafted Flicker lost her home to starlings.