Hide and seek with a woodpecker

Things are looking up - 2013 © Christopher Martin

We have two types of woodpeckers that visit the trees in our backyard.  The Downy is the smaller of the two but they are very similar looking otherwise.  The Hairy woodpecker is a beautiful bird and I watched one of them as it pecked at tree trunks for insects under the bark.  They like to hammer one spot for several seconds and then move around the tree or off to another trunk.

Up and over - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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In the woods - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Just pecking around - 2013 © Christopher Martin

As this one flew around it felt like it was playing peek-a-boo with me in between hunts.  Another good encounter in the backyard alongside the Black-capped chickadees and the Common redpolls.

Woodpecker yogi - 2013 © Christopher Martin

8 responses

  1. I need to go to bed, but can’t stop watching your beautiful photos, Christopher.

    March 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  2. Stunning!

    February 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

  3. Very nice 🙂

    February 7, 2013 at 3:51 am

  4. Great shots!!!

    February 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  5. patriciaddrury

    fantastic captures! Thanks for letting me spy on this little guy…

    February 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  6. Beautiful photos. We’ve had a woodpecker pecking on our metal chimney. I’m thinking he has a bent bill by now.

    February 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  7. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

    February 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  8. Great lighting in these photos!

    February 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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