Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rare May Visit by Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Pickens County GA)

UPDATE 2014.04.22 :: NOT sure what happened here. It USED to talk about the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in this post. Something burped somewhere. Will dig up and replace with more appropriate soon. *waving*

Project: Backyard Pishing
Location: Private Residence, Talking Rock, Pickens County, North Georgia
Taken yesterday (2012.05.08). A fledgling Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens, DOWO) spends the length of the short video feeding from MY favorite type of feeder, the nugget ones. Nugget feeders primarily hold raw shelled peanuts and/or sunflower seeds. Personal experience has been that these seem to draw a neat variety of "personable" birds.
PS Contrary to the occasional claim you'll see otherwise, this type of feeder is SO NOT squirrel proof but you can eventually foil MOST attempts by squirrels seeking them out. :))
A "thank you" shoutout to the What Bird Is This? group over at WeLoveBirds for helping me confirm that this IS a Downy Woodpecker. The tail bars were what caught my eye with the bill being secondary and a little more subjective in identification. :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Adult Female Hairy Woodpecker At Nugget Feeder

Project: Backyard Pishing
Location: Private Residence, Talking Rock, Pickens County, North Georgia

Taken this afternoon (Monday, 2012.05.07) by hanging out the window. To the best of my knowledge, this is a Hairy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos villosus, HAWO) that is falling under the category of Nest Watch right now.

The parent in the video is loading up from the nugget feeder (peanuts and sunflower seeds). There are at least two fledglings following her ALL around the yard as of this morning. This time of the year, the "Calgon take me away" mantra runs through my head often. Comes from any time of day seeing some species of babies staying hot on the trail of their parents every time the parents move. :))