Words for Wednesday: success

blogIMG_6991Success! After several unsuccessful attempts to capture the red-headed woodpecker enjoying his snack at our front yard suet cake holder, I finally caught him.

It’s not the best photo as I snapped it in a hurry before he few away in a flurry, but it’s proof that he exists and frequents our place often.

I’m not an expert on identifying birds but I believe he is a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Please correct me if I’m wrong, all you birdwatchers out there.

Feeling a little success is encouraging to me today because I’m still in the throes of rummaging and sorting through the humongous piles of stuff in our unfinished basement. Will my vision of a clean and orderly lower level ever come to fruition?

If you need me, I’ll be in the basement finishing the job I started.

 “Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.” ~ Coleman Cox

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10 responses

  1. He’s a red-bellied woodpecker! I have several pairs in my forest. Both the males and females have those gorgeous red heads and black and white “spotted” markings; the male also has a touch of red on his chest (thus, the name). They are gorgeous birds; they make a throaty sound when communicating that sounds a bit like a monkey chattering. It took me almost 2 years to identify the sound with the birds, as they are fairly reclusive in the non-winter months. Last year I had a pair nesting outside my bedroom window (in a hole they furiously drilled in a black cherry tree); they “chattered” all the time. I have tried to take photos of mine when they come to my suet basket, but they always seem to know when I’m there, so now I just sit quietly and admire them!

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      • I keep my “Birds of North America” guide handy! My mother gave it to me years ago. I also do a lot of web searching to help me identify the various birds we get in our yard. Last spring I had a single Baltimore Oriole (I remember there being a lot of them around when I was little, but they’re scarce now); he only stayed for a couple of days and constantly visited my hummingbird feeder. I love the variety of birds we have here in the woods (I also have a family of vultures that frequently roosts overnight in my giant pines; sometimes there are up to 20 at a time. I used to think they were ugly birds, but I’ve come to love them!) The woodpeckers are certainly the most camera-shy of the bunch.

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