Back In Sight

After a summer of hiding in the leaves, the downy woodpeckers are back in sight. On the third Friday in October, a male downy woodpecker shared the area near Saylorville Lake with the migrating sparrows. The lively woodpeckers stay here all year. Their urgent tapping and harsh calls break the silence of the frosty winter mornings.

A male downy woodpecker near Saylorville Lake in Jester Park, Iowa, October 20, 2017.

A male downy woodpecker near Saylorville Lake in Jester Park, Iowa, October 20, 2017.

A male downy woodpecker near Saylorville Lake in Jester Park, Iowa, October 20, 2017.

A downy woodpecker tapping on a dried plant stalk and then calling before he flies away, Jester Park, Iowa, October 20, 2017. A red-winged blackbird calls in the background.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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12 Responses to Back In Sight

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    I wonder why the woodpeckers don’t leave for the winter. Aren’t all the insects dead?
    Those are really crisp pictures. You feel like you are right there with the bird.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you felt right there with the bird. πŸ™‚ I saw him when I was watching the sparrows. He was tucked away a little to the back and side of a pile of brambles, but still in clear sight.

      There are bugs hidden in the tree bark all winter long. πŸ™‚ That is where the woodpeckers find their food. I also see other woodpeckers in the winter and maybe I will be lucky and have some photos of them later. At 6 1/2 inches, the downy woodpeckers are the smallest of the woodpeckers here. I also see and hear them in the trees by my apartment. The tapping sounds loud on the quiet winter mornings.

  2. Sarah! Wow! What camera did you use! Your pictures are outstanding! LOVED THEM!!!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the woodpecker. He is a cute little bird. πŸ™‚ I hear them more often than I see them and I was happy that he decided to stay still in that spot long enough for a photo. When I hear them in the trees by my apartment, they are a blur zooming up the tree and out the branches or tapping their beaks into the bark looking for insects. I have a special affection for the birds who stay around in the winter. πŸ™‚ I love walking outside my door in the winter and hearing the tapping of the woodpeckers, the calls of the chickadees and the chirps of the cardinals. The camera is a canon eos 5d mark 4. I like it. I have plenty of room to grow with it. πŸ™‚

      • Good for you having such an expensive camera! Lucky YOU! I have a 6D and I can see the difference your camera has compared to mine. Your photographs are just so sharp and right on. I told hubby recently how I need a stronger lens for bird capturing but not now because I don’t have the time for it right now. I will enjoy birds through you for now. How does that sound??? πŸ™‚

        • Sarah says:

          The birds are happy to see you whether it is through your windows or on your walks or if you stop by here. πŸ™‚ I am sure they appreciate your bird feeders especially when the snow falls!

  3. I love the woodpeckers! Great photos!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Diane πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. πŸ™‚ The woodpeckers are very lively and a lot of fun to watch. πŸ™‚

  4. Aww what sweet looking woodpeckers

  5. Jet Eliot says:

    Downys are always such a delight to spot, and your photos, Sarah, are exquisite. Wonderful post.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! The downy woodpeckers are a lot of fun to watch. πŸ™‚ Rarely a still moment in the life of the little downys. It took a while before I realized their call belonged to them. I hear them calling in the woods more often than I see them. This one was in the open area by the lake that the sparrows and juncos like and easy to spot. He didn’t stay there long, though, after he spotted me. πŸ™‚

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