Winter Morning

sunny winter morning

As the sun lights up a crisp winter morning landscape, the locust tree near the house hosts a colorful visitor.

woodpecker backing down the tree

woodpecker backing down the tree

She starts out from up high and gradually backs down the tree trunk to her final destination.

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

She is a red-bellied woodpecker (strange name, since there isn’t much of a red belly). Her male counterpart sports an entire head of bright read feathers; she has a grey crown but still a good bit of color. That black and white pattern on her back helps her to easily blend with the bark background. Now she has reached the suet feeder.

female red-bellied woodpecker

female red-bellied woodpecker

She always seems a bit nervous and doesn’t stay long. Even a light noise from inside the house will scare her off.

I am delighted to see her and let her brighten my morning a bit.

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11 Responses to Winter Morning

  1. Love how you framed that first photo. You remind me to get my feeders going including the suet.


  2. glendanp says:

    I love this post! Woodpeckers are in my top 5 favorite birds and these photos are outstanding. Thanks!


  3. Cool post. The opening image is fantastic, and I especially like how I missed the small figure of the bird on the tree until I started going through the series and was forced to go back and look again. Now there is an object lesson; gentle but effective.


  4. She certainly is a bright spot on a winter morning. She brightened my day too. It’s pretty dreary these days in the south of China. πŸ™‚


  5. Tina Schell says:

    Love your opening capture Annette!


  6. Zambian Lady says:

    What beautiful photos, especially the last one. I also like the red color on the bird.


  7. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Have a lovely week Annette. May this festive season be one full of love and peace for you and your loved ones. πŸ™‚


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