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 late June, Desi and I left for Possum Kingdom Lake to find water fowl. Instead, we discovered an unusual looking dove called a Eurasian Collared Dove. He was perched in the top of a tall tree. There were no white tips on the wings, though it did contain a flash of white tail feathers. The wings were dark-tipped. So, I had to look this one up. Its name comes from the black half-collar at the nape of the neck. Eurasian Collared-Doves have small heads, and long tails. Eurasian Collared-Doves are chalky light brown to gray-buff birds with broad white patches in the tail. The bird’s collar is a narrow black crescent around the nape of the neck making it easy to distinguish from other dove.
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.