Friday, December 7, 2007
~Female Downy Woodpecker~
I was absolutely delighted when I glanced out the window this morning and spotted this female downy woodpecker on the suet feeder. Of course I won't be delighted if this one behaves like the one we had in Alabama. That one would frequently peck on a metal vent on the roof, it sounded like a machine gun and would drive us nuts. It also had a habit of pecking on our window scaring us nearly to death.
Thankfully I have a lot of windows across the back of my house, so whichever room I'm in I'm constantly glancing out the windows watching the bird activity. As much as I'd like to just sit and watch the birds I do have things to do, unlike the cat who has been parked right in front of the sliding glass doors from sun-up to sun-down watching the BirdNetwork. I think she's addicted.
In case some of you are wondering about my bird obsession right now, there is a very good reason for my excitement over seeing birds. When we moved to this neighborhood seven years ago, (January 18, 2001), only a few houses were finished and none had yet been built behind me. It took several years for the neighborhood to be completed and since the land had been a corn field, there were no mature trees. We have since planted many shrubs and trees on our small property. Now that the neighborhood is becoming more established and the newly planted trees and shrubs are getting larger, I am finally seeing birds. This is the first year that I recall seeing any winter bird activity other than a few sparrows in the evergreens. In fact, until this year I hadn't seen much bird activity regardless of the season.
It is so funny, I'm even dreaming about birds now. I had a dream last night that I finally spotted a mockingbird in a shrub. We had a lot of mockingbirds in Alabama, but I yet to see one here. Maybe next year.