It was mid-day when I spotted this Red-Bellied Woodpecker assaulting a native pecan. The fight took place in a large tree right next to my house in Mineral Wells. I casually watched while the woodpecker pecked the pecan from several angles. I tried to capture each of his poses as he maneuvered the pecan around for optimum striking. After about 5 minutes I did not see much progress on the pecan but I am sure the diligent woodpecker conquered his task by days end.
It was a gorgeous morning for a quick walk in our little Texas town. Seven a.m. is my favorite time of day; even when it’s prior to the morning coffee. Desi and I quickly dressed before the heat hit Mineral Wells full tilt. I grabbed the XS-1 and off we went. Critters are scurrying about, while the dove coo overhead. Fantastic time of day. A Cardinal can be heard in the distance as well as the buzzing of bees. Birding is not always about looking for birds. For me, it is about getting out in nature. One cannot necessarily commune with nature while in the neighborhood, but one can get away from daily stress and enjoy the moment. Some men hit walls to relieve stress; I prefer to watch, listen, walk and capture moments in time stopped with a click of the shutter.
We counted eight species of birds during our 30 minute walk, located some bees, and saw a squirrel or two. My sharped-eyed wife found a Red-Bellied Woodpecker high in a tree. She amazes me. I walked past the tree ignoring what I knew to be Western Kingbirds fighting overhead. Mixed in with them was this woodpecker. Click. Cardinals were everywhere. Fantastic. House Sparrow, House Sparrow, more House Sparrows. Western Kingbirds, Northern Mockingbirds, Young Scissor-Tail, and White-Winged doves lining the wires as we walk. Kingbirds and Mockingbirds dive down into the street to grab unlucky insects. Great morning for a walk.
Time to load up the photos and turn off the computer. What will tomorrow bring?
While on one of our many walks, Desi and I discovered this Red-bellied Woodpecker sitting on the top of a pole. He is my first and only Woodpecker so far. This woodpecker had a barred back and a red cap. When you learn the call and start looking for them, they are supposed to be easy to find. I have not had much luck in locating any since this shot was taken but we are always looking. Every so often, one can hear them knocking in the distance. Note to self: purchase good binoculars.