In between watching eclipses and aerobatic bald eagles, I have kept my eye on other interesting critters …
This is father osprey plowing into the lake for a fish.
A white-tailed buck very calmly glanced my way and then went back to browsing.
Something must have tickled this great blue heron’s toes – he sure made a spectacular leap and didn’t take flight!
It was great fun watching the pileated woodpecker stop his hammering just long enough for me to get his portrait.
The three brassy little skipper butterflies were sharing a button bush blossom.
Ever have one of those mornings, in a hurry, nothing going quite right?
You dash out into the bright sunlight towards your car?
And find yourself wondering if you had brushed your teeth and combed your hair?
This pileated woodpecker seemed to be having one of those mornings…
It is a rare day at the lake when I don’t hear a pileated woodpecker and its partner.
What is also rare is to actually see one of these large and secretive birds.
Then today, after seeing not one, but two, I found out that I have been repeating a myth about these birds:
I had thought the cartoon character Woody the Woodpecker was modeled on a pileated woodpecker.
Alas, I was wrong. The real bird was an acorn woodpecker.