Finally doing something useful this summer. Cleaned and fertilized the yard in April! Yaay! Last year I cleaned the yard in June. Put out a suet feeder; within 2 days, we had a birds hanging out by the feeder. After cross-checking with the Audubon field guide, I realized our visitors were Downy Woodpeckers. Every morning as I sip chai, I can see the birds pecking away. They then flit around the yard, pecking away at the oak and walnut trees.
The males have the red marking on the nape, have stronger and longer beaks that permit them to pull out ants or wood-boring beetles. The females, sans red, have smaller softer beaks with which they pry the bark and pick up ants or insects. So they go after different food types and don’t compete.
In other birding news, am finishing up building a birdhouse – its going to be awesome, but may be too late for this season.
And have you guys watched this live video from the bald eagles’ nest? Addictive! Have been checking them out daily for last two weeks (~ there’s an iPhone App for that). Those chicks are growing fast! Take a peek. Caution, as one of my friends remarked, “my productivity has dropped since you sent me that link, Arun!”
Here are some of pics of bald eagles in all their glory in Alaska. Majestic indeed!
Updates from the Hawk Family outside my office window (from last year).
Here is the female woodpecker doing acrobatics at the suet feeder.