Painted and Indigo Buntings,Doves,Pileated Woodpeckers,Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Squirrels,Cardinals,Wrens,Northern Parula Warblers,Osceola Turkeys,Racoons and Hawks visit our yard..while Osprey..an occasional Swallowtail Kite or Bald Eagle can be seen soaring overhead.. We live in a hammock area... Thickly wooded with palms, live oaks, red maples, needle palms and a soil(muck)that is like potting soil.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Red Bellied Woodpecker in the Elderberries
I have been watching the Elderberries. They are very pretty when they start to blossom.
Then they get green berries.
This particular bush is a favorite of the wild turkeys. The can reach most of the berries with just a few jumps. Most of the other bushes are too tall.
I didn’t realize until today that the Elderberries are getting ripe. This Red Bellied Woodpecker stopped to eat a few. You can see a mix of green berries and the deep purple ripe ones.
After checking the bird book, I would think this is a female. The red doesn’t go over the top of the head.
After a quick bite she joined a male in a nearby tree. It’s not a good photo but you can see the red covers the top of the head on the bird on the right.
I was able to get one more photo before they flew off.