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Wednesday, January 5

A Noisy but Delightful Visitor

This little guy is beating his brains out on a tree in the park across the street. He is a downy woodpecker and there are quite a few around this area. I hear and see them every day and though they are noisy, they are delightful. It doesn't bother me one bit that they drum on the tree at the end of the driveway or fly about chirping on a sunny winter day.

I love birds and we put suet feeders out for them in the winter months. The first one we attached to a shrub at the back of the house. The next morning we found it on the ground, squashed flat as a pancake and the suet missing. Raccoons! So, the other day when I was at Home De*pot, I picked up another one and filled it with suet. Hubby attached it to the awning of the front window out of reach of squirrels and raccoons.

We also have blue jays, cardinals, red polls and a variety of other birds in the neighborhood and I never tire of seeing and hearing them at any time of day. Birds bring color and nature's music into our yards during the dreary winter months.

In other matters, Mom has been having some problems again with UTIs and spent one afternoon at the hospital and one at the walk-in clinic. She is now on her second round of antibiotics. These ones seem to be working well.

Hubby had the flu last week and he was really sick. I'm not sure how, but I avoided it. I felt a little queasy for a day or two but nothing major. I slept quite a bit and that seemed to do the trick. We are both doing okay right now. Hubby seems to have fully recovered.

10 comments:

  1. Those woodpeckers are so neat to see. I love seeing different types of birds.
    Glad Dwight is feeling better and you missed it! Hope your Mom is back to herself soon.

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  2. I also love the birds flying around my yard and singing. Keep us posted Mary. Stay well

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  3. Great photo of your downy woodpecker in action!!

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  4. I've come to visit you via Jo's "Moodscapes". Naturally what caught my eye was this article on woodpeckers. I'm rather fond of my little visitors also. I have at least two Downeys year round. But, in the spring and summer I have as many as six or more at my suet feeders. Also have a couple of the large species (I forget the species name but they are of the "Woody Woodpecker" species). The squirrels were my biggest problem until I installed a clear plastic rodent shield above the suet feeder. But, yes the Blue Jays, Mockingbirds and Cardinal also visit the feeder on occasion. Oh, and, of course there is always a few Dove around to catch anything that drops down into the grass. I now have my wife so interested in birds that she went out and bought one of those Audubon clocks! lol

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  5. Hello my friend!!!!!! Your picture is beautiful! I love the birds in my back yard..... I have so missed talking to you and maybe out time will get a little better..... sorry to hear your Mom is having trouble again.. bless her heart...... and I am glad that you escaped the flu........ Chris has been so very sick but me and Dennis seem to have escaped also... I am very busy with the house and taking down the Christmas things and getting the house back in order..... I am hoping to be able to work in the shop starting Monday and working every day....... There are a lot of things I want to finish.. I will send you an email tomorrow.. I need a little information from you.......... Sending hugs.....

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  6. This woodpecker looks the same as those near my apartment in Singapore.

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  7. Ah! I love your woodpecker friend~ We have alot of birds in our backyard as well. I just love to watch them but stopped filling my birdfeeder because I think I was really just chumming them in for the cats. Bad Kitty!!
    Hope you all are feeling better. Happy 2011!

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  8. I've had jury duty this week, and I'll try and catch up on my visitors before getting back to the courthouse again today.

    Love the woodpecker photo...that is a great one...you've captured a good 'action' shot!!

    Glad to hear you're all feeling better tho...that flu is NOT fun.

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  9. I didn't think anything was out of the reach of squirrels. Good luck.

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  10. love woodpeckers.....don't like that they usually herald a dying tree.

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