Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year, New Downy

Downy Woodpecker on suet feeder at 3:45 p.m. (1/1/16)
First day of new year and it seems that due to damage incurred by the emerald ash borer this past summer, the large tree in our backyard will need to be removed come spring. It has been a reliable tree over the past twelve years we have lived in our home, and it will be missed. The tree has recently demonstrated a willingness to continue giving as it has been a wonderful natural feeder in its current state for passing woodpeckers. Today, while first drinking coffee in the morning and later putting dishes away, I noticed a Downy Woodpecker picking at the bark and eating from the cylindrical suet feeder hung on the tree. In both both instances, an otherwise grey weather day was brightened by the bird's presence on our tree.

Downy Woodpecker near top of tree at 9:45 a.m.; pic was taken 
from the ground looking up into the grey sky which might account for 
unusual coloring. (1/1/16)
Downy Woodpecker on suet feeder at 3:45 p.m. (1/1/16)
Downy Woodpecker climbs. (1/1/16)

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