Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Red-bellied Woodpecker

On Sunday Jake and I went to Winnipeg,looking for photo opportunities.
We saw lots of Canada Geese,some Mallards and a few Gulls.
At our last stop in Assiniboine Park,we went to our favorite place,
the English Gardens,not expecting much activity.
A few minutes after our arrival,guess who flew to a nearby tree?

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was a pleasant surprise.
Our last sighting of one was in 1990.
In chatting with a fellow birder,he said that he had never seen one
in this park before.


We plan to go back there tomorrow and hope the woodpecker shows up again.

The earth is the Lord's and all the fullness thereof.

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures of the Red-bellied, Ruth and Jake. We have them regularly at our feeders --and they will chatter at me when I'm outside... Wish I knew their language--because I know they are trying to tell me something!!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Give fondest greetings to the City Park as we used to call it! Many wedding groups took pictures in the English Garden! How lovely! Love that woodpecker and can't believe the huge craters they can carve into a tree!!

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  3. What a treat for you to get to photograph these lovely birds! I don't see those here. I might see them if I went out in the woods, but the trees are not close to our house. Good job!

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  4. What a great sighting, Ruth! Very exciting - I hope you get to see this woodpecker when you go back.

    P.S. I know this park very well as I grew up in Winnipeg - my parents too. We had many, many family outings at City Park (three generations, four if you count the visits we made with our own children).

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  5. Great shot! We have been trying to get a shot of our woodpeckers. Blurs and lots of trees so far, but one day...

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  6. What a treat, I do hope he comes again.

    Hugs and Blessings
    Arija

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  7. Brilliant! You made it just at the right time, didn't you. What a beautiful red.

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  8. I have a pair of these that come in the yard pretty frequently, but it never fails I cannot get a clear shot of them, the trees they are in have too many twiggy branches, and well, most my shots of them end up blurry! But I will keep trying!

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  9. How Exciting for you! They are pretty common here but I get a thrill every time I see one. Great shots Ruth!!

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  10. I'm glad you got to see the Red-Bellied after such a long time. One of the really prettiest woodpeckers out there. Mine don't come as often as the Downy, so I treasure each sighting. Thanks for another lovely post!

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  11. Well, you sure captured a couple of nice shots there! How fun for you to get to see one of those! I've never seen one.

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  12. what beautiful pictures you captured! God's creation is so marvelous!

    I just last night sat down to read our new Peterson's Guide. My husband is an excellent bird watcher -- me, not so much. But with a little boy around the house, I want to teach him. So time for mommy to learn!

    Blessings!

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  13. Great pictures Ruth, I'm happy you and Jake got to see one! I've never seen one before, they only come around where I live very rarely in the winter. I hope you got to see him again today!

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  14. Well, that is just so neat, Ruth! To see a bird that has not been seen in the park and that you were surprised by - I hope you see it again!

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  15. I'm glad you saw the woodpecker. You certainly got some wonderful pictures. We have a Red-bellied woodpecker, Pete, who is a regular at our feeders. He's always a joy to see.

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  16. Oh I hope you get to see him again on your return trip..these are one of my favorite woodpeckers..such personalities. Those that visit our feeders always let us know they are near by calling very loudly..almost like they were saying I'm here!!!
    Great shots, Ruth..so glad you found him!!

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  17. Don't you just love it when you see one of your most favorite birds? I'll be waiting for the Red bellied to appear here too. It usually shows up in winter.
    Have a great rest of the week Ruth and Jake.
    B.

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  18. He has quite a red head, too! Great capture. I've never seen one of those before.

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  19. Great pictures. That is a long time between sightings. They are not common here but I do see 2 or 3 a year. Their range is apparently extending northward.

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  20. Ruth: What a neat shot of the woodpecker. Does the Downy look similar but with less red on the head?

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  21. Quite a nice shot of the female. She looks well fed too.

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  22. The red bellied woodpeckers are always exciting to see. There is a couple (are they married) in my favorite park in our vacation spot. I really look good while in the area that I have seen them. Just wish I could get closer (better photo), you have captured this one well.

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  23. I get these birds at the feeders and I love them. The male and female are equally as beautiful.. and I had a youngster this year who delighted me. Great captures Ruth. Hope you see her again!

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  24. Excellent blog. Reminds me of another blog I always visit - MERSEA WILDLIFE. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Beautiful photography. Isn't it ironic that the Red Bellied Woodpecker has that name; when his belly isn't even red? I've wondered about that before.

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