Male Cardinal

I photographed this male Northern Cardinal on a limb,


and then he saw something of interest to him, and he shot himself toward the ground like an arrow.


I just happened to catch it in the photograph.
He was only about a foot off of the ground when I took this, and he still managed to right himself before landing. I thought that was really neat.

A Towhee in the Brush

A Towhee. It’s not too often that I spot a Towhee here. But when I do, they are usually at the edge of the wood line, digging around in the leaves near some brush.

Like this one:


Recently the taxonomy of the towhees has been up for debate. In the past, the Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) and the Spotted Towhee (Pipilp maculatus) were considered a single species, called the Rufous-sided Towhee. I won’t try to guess which one this is, as I admit being uncertain of the supposed differences between the two. But am I certain it is a Towhee. Feel free to debate which type of Towhee it is, among yourselves if you wish.  🙂

Female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

This Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is checking her holes in our Maple tree for sap. If you look closely, you can see some of her many rows of holes.



Here she is checking one of them:



Something I think is really interesting is how different these birds look when they stretch themselves out. You’ll notice in the photos above that she has a short, almost fat, squatty look to her. But in the photo below is the very same bird, taken about 30 seconds later, as she moved her way around the tree.


You can’t help but notice the big difference in how elongated she appears. I think that’s interesting how their appearance can change so much depending on what position they are in. They also are extremely well camouflaged, blending in perfectly with the local tree bark.