05 April 2009

The Pileated Couple

If you are lucky enough to have a pair of these woodpeckers in your neck of the woods, here is how to tell the sexes apart. By the way the word pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus which means 'capped'.


Males have a full crest that extends from bill to neck and a red whisker line on the side of the neck,


whereas the female has a partial crest and the whisker line is black.

Their favorite feeder food is suet and when they are out foraging for themselves they are making big marks in the local woods.

03 April 2009

How birds get their name....

Here is a bird named for a small strip of red that can only be seen from the underside or as the expression goes "a bird in the hand".  

Yes, this is a red-bellied woodpecker but probably not the first identifying feature that comes to mind when looking at this bird.

There is much in the way of color and pattern to the red-bellied.
A very common woodpecker throughout the Southeast and Florida, it has expanded its breeding range northward in the last 100 years and is now very common at Minnesota feeders.

01 April 2009

April Fool's Snow


Another fresh snowfall to wake up to this first day of April.
Not as pretty as last year's April Fool's Day.