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Saturday, November 14

Bird Sighting

This afternoon I was out on the side porch and heard an unusual noise. I turned my head toward the big maple at the end of our driveway and this is what I saw. I'm not sure what kind of bird it is, but am suspecting it's a woodpecker of some sort. I'm thinking maybe a juvenile red-headed woodpecker, but I could be wrong. I've written to my friend Ruth to ask her if she can identify it. Hopefully she can. If anyone knows, I'm most interested in knowing. I love birds visiting our property and this one is no exception. During the long winter months, we have the odd cardinal pair or blue jays that come to visit. They are such a delight to watch, especially when the blue jays and squirrels get into a row.

On a different note, the boys were to come today and help us change the ceiling tile. Jordan called about 11am and said they couldn't come because Mom and Dad needed Brandon to help clean up a flood in the basement. Apparently the toilet had overflowed and water was everywhere because no one noticed it at first. So instead, we took Dakota to the dog park where he had some fun with his buddies and then we had a relaxing day. Tomorrow, it's back to work.

12 comments:

  1. Hmmm, I suspect a type of Woodpecker as well Mary. Just not quite sure which one. You did take a lovely photo of it so I may just pull out my bird books and see if I can find it.

    God bless.

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  2. What a great picture you got. I'm no good with names of birds though, sorry!

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  3. Yeah........ you got to have a quiet day! Tomorrow is time enough for work...... We put up lights and I need to finish the wreaths for the outside... BUT it can wait......there will be plenty of time tomorrow....

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  4. Oops...... forgot to tell you that you took a beautiful picture of the bird.. Let us know what you find out........

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  5. I'm betting it's a Downy Woodpecker. The other one closest to it is an Arizona Woodpecker and that is doubtful unless it is a hearty traveler. How did you get such a good photo?

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  6. AC is right...It is a Brown-headed Nuthatch, way out of its range. Mary, you may become a celebrity!
    Good for you for being so observant and taking such an excellent picture.

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  7. I wouldn't think it's a woodpecker...maybe a nuthatch?!!! Well, duh...I'm now reading the comments above the comment box where I'm typing.

    We saw a fantastic bird yesterday also....come by and see the photos [tho my photos are not very close-up]

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  8. Mary-

    Confirm that this is indeed a Brown-headed 'hatch. A neat bird in any event, but for Ontario (or indeed, anywhere in Canada) - absolutely fabulous!

    I have been seriously looking at birds in this province for just over 20 years, and I've never seen (or even heard tell of) one of these in all that time. Thanks for sharing.

    Peter C.

    P.S. and thanks to my friend E. Ruth for passing this along.

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  9. I had to compare them side by side but I believe Peter is right. It looks nothing like the Nuthatch we have here.
    Mama Bear

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  11. If this is the brown headed nuthatch it is way north of its range. It is native to the Southeastern US as far north as Delaware and Misouri. They have had a few days of storm in the US maybe it got blown off course. The climate is changing so we will occasionally see birds come into this area from south of here.

    It is a rare sighting. I have never seen one. Let your local birder club know and you will have bird watchers swarming your place.

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