Just … wow

What snazzy markings on this female red-headed woodpecker

Off and on today I watched red-bellied woodpeckers fly back and forth to our suet feeder, and marveled at how glorious they look against the sparkling snow. They are such large birds compared to most other birds that come to our feeders, and so beautifully colored with the scarlet markings on their heads, handsome black and white checkered feathers, and rosy colored tummies.

As horribly cold as it’s been, and snowy, I wouldn’t want to live in a place where I couldn’t see these birds framed against the snow and red branches of our native dogwoods. When I see them like this, my reaction is just … wow.

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About JAS

Personal trivia, in no particular order: 1. I love cherry jam. Not that sickly sweet insipid jellied syrup that masquerades as jam, but the stuff that's 99% tart cherries you picked off your own trees and simmered to perfection with just a tad of sugar and pectin. 2. I am a mouse magnet. Not to any particular mouse, mind you - just to field mice in general. Just lucky, I guess. 3. I firmly believe that specialization is for insects. Thank you for understanding, Mr. Heinlein. 4. Forty pounds of custom-made velvet finery worn on a 97F afternoon worn whilst riding aside on a fine horse beats a sauna hands down every time for weight loss and dehydration. 5. Once upon a time I was a romantic. Life took care of that.