I am not an active birder, but I do have a great interest in the local avian life. While we were constructing the deck out at the cottage something caught my attention out the corner of my eye. A large bird was flitting from tree to tree, and it was the flash of red that caught my attention - a pileated woodpecker. I was surprised at how large a bird, he was in real life. I think from the pictures I have seen, I was expecting something slightly larger than a downy woodpecker.
He was quite the flirt. I assumed because I had never seen one that it would be a momentary glimpse when and if it did happen. But no, this chappy stayed visible long enough for me to find the camera, remember how to telephoto in and actually snap a few very grainy poses. No they are not noteworthy shots, not even blogworthy, but they have value to me, it's a first for me.
Okay, I know they are not great, so here is an good internet photo, just so you can really see what they look like.
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.