It’s that time of year again. We have tiny squirrels who are apparently starving, even though there are literally piles of huge acorns all over the woods. We must have a more interesting menu. And baby birds. We have a lot of tiny finches, miniature sparrows … and half a dozen young woodpeckers. You can still see their fluffy baby feathers sticking up and bits of brown fledgling feathers mixed with the black and white they normally wear. I got some pictures of two of them on one feeder. It looked like they were playing “king of the mountain,” but neither of them seemed willing to move. All the other birds head for the black sunflower seeds, but the woodpeckers love the other food which has bits of fruit in it.

All those striped feathers! Hard to tell where feathers end and birds begin!

Two young ones. You can see how their feathers are yet fully clear with parts still showing brown

Two baby Woodpeckers eating at a feeder. See those brown feathers? Baby feathers!

Very competitive but with the same hostility as the grown ups. They must be born bad-tempered

I’ve got many more photographs to process. I’ll get to them. It takes time and there never seems to be enough of it. It took more time than usual because this was a new lens and I was so excited about using it, I forgot to set it properly and all the pictures looked like midnight. I couldn’t even see what the picture looked like until I lightened it. “Manual” as a setting doesn’t work well by accident!

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9 replies

  1. Piles of acorns…. meh. They’ll all still be there later. That seed in the filter might not be if the birds get to it first!


  2. Well the photos are stunning as per usual. So you’ve figured out how to edit them, if the settings are still askew? Those birds are so funny! Seeming to say “You wanna piece a’ ME?” as they stare aggressively at each other…

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    • I have my own editors on my computer, so anything I send to WP has been processed at home, on an old and creaking version of Photoshop plus new Topaz filters. If I didn’t do that, I’d have run out of space years ago.

      Woodpeckers have some kind of inbred hostility, not only for other birds, but apparently for each other. Only the sparrows and chickadees don’t seem to care. They are the original angry birds.


  3. I love watching birds. Woodpeckers frequent our feeders, especially when I replace the suet. They seem to prefer it fresh. But then so the chipmunk 🐿


  4. And yet, your photos have become stunning works of art and showing off nature! Ta.


    • I’m pretty sure photography has taught me a LOT about the natural world and I’m grateful. I used to like birds, but I didn’t know anything about them. But I’m a nosy kind of gal, so whenever I saw something new, I had to find out about it. And this expanded to trying to understand the ecological patch in which I live. Being nosy has advantages.

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