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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday.

Joining today for Wordless Wednesday with the photo below.  Although I have given it a title.


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                                          Unidentified Flying Objects

Also joining Stewart (Paying Ready Attention) for Wild Bird Wednesday.

While out at Rooks Park last week we spotted the above birds, I have no idea what they are (can someone identify them please) but thought they looked really cool in that formation.  The bottom bird must have got it's signals wrong as it seems to be flying in a different formation.

We walked along another paved trail and in the underbrush we heard a noise and I stopped and spied this little guy:


I believe this is a Downey Woodpecker.  I was thrilled to get these shot of it and they all turned out pretty clear and decent.

A view of the back of it's head.


He'd moved to another branch and this was the last shot I got before he flew off. 

It sure was fun to see him. 

41 comments:

  1. Your photos are spectacular! Thanks for sharing them at Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy - and best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

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  2. Splendid little bird - not able to make any comment on the ID!

    I miss woodpeckers - we don't have them in Australia

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  3. Lovely shots, Ida. I've never seen a woodpecker like that before. I have no idea what your high-flying birds are. The poor chap at the end reminds me of myself in Irish dance class! All the best, Bonny

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  4. Your photos are really beautiful, Ida!

    Where I live, many birds can be seen now, migrating towards warmer countries. We also have a cute woodpecker that clearly enjoys the musical notes he creates hammering an old pine. Recently, I have tried to take photos of birds, but nothing worth showing yet...

    Have a lovely week!

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  5. What gorgeous birds! Well captured!

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  6. Pretty flight shot. And I love the Downy Woodies. They are awesome birds. Wishing you have a happy day!

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  7. great capture of that little woodpecker...aren't they darling? I'll get one every once in awhile but not often enough to be able to get a photo. Love these! :)

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  8. Amazing bird photography. I love your work. The images are picture perfect.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  9. All the shots are great however that last shot looks like he is in a frame.

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  10. i love woodpeckers - they have such cool coloring. we always get to see a bunch in our neck the woods. ( :

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  11. Great photos. I'm really fond of woodpeckers of all sorts, and rarely get to see them, so I enjoyed those, particularly.

    The birds in flight? Not a clue what they are, but I love that you captured them in different phases of their wingbeats.

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  12. Beautiful shots of the woodpecker! Also liked your captioning of the UFOs *grin*!

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  13. that wood pecker is just beautiful.. i had no idea that birds could march to a different drummer.. LOL

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  14. Good morning, Ida! Your "Flying Objects" are fabulous :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful photography with us.

    Hugs to you!

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  15. Nice shots of the woodpecker! What a great find.

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  16. It will be interesting to see if anyone knows what the UFOs are!

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  17. Awesome shots of the downy. One of our favorite backyard visitors.

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  18. Oh, how beautiful! I'm not sure what those birds are in the first photo. They look familiar. I showed my husband, too, and we both puzzled over them. We aren't bird experts by a long shot, though. We do see woodpeckers here. You always hear them before you see them.

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  19. Love all kinds of birds -- love seeing how you were able to capture there moves..they blend so well into the trees... great capture!
    Hugs

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  20. I love the woodie. It's a very pretty bird.

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  21. Gorgeous D-woodpecker..such a sweet soul..fantastic shots..vibrant and enchanting! And love the first image..totally spellbinding and beaming with poetry! Wishing you a beautiful day!
    Victoria

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  22. yes, that is a downy or hairy woodpecker, depending on its size. the flying ones look like the silhouette of a gull bird?
    you take beautiful pictures!
    Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

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  23. Great shots of the birds, Ida! I love being able to capture a photo of them, especially the more unusual ones (as in not a crow!)

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  24. I think that the mystery birds are wader of some sort - like a redshank or a yellow legs.

    But thats a bit of an inspired guess.

    Stewart M

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  25. Look at the different shapes of those birds in midair! Just beautiful.

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  26. I have no idea what the flying in formation birds are----very cool looking though.
    Very good and sharp pics of the Downey.
    MB

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  27. I agree that that last bird did not get the memo on how to "straighten up and fly right"!

    Great shot of the woodpecker too.

    Few people commented on my burnt orange post, but those who did liked it. Oh well...I like it.

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  28. They did come out very well. I don't think I have seen a Downey Woodpecker before. Well maybe I have and just didn't know what I was looking at which is probably the case.

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  29. The little fisty woodpecker is beautiful...so colorful..and just the colors I like. Ha...

    Oh, yes...we really enjoyed P.McCartney...best concert I've ever been to...:)

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  30. I was going to guess perhaps Canadian Geese in the first pic - because this is when they start to migrate -- but it doesn't quite look their shape. the wings are different.
    what a great shot of the woodpecker! what a glorious little guy

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  31. What a pretty woodpecker! And how lucky to capture him so perfectly. :)

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  32. What fantastic captures! Love the birds in various stages of flight and that one that seems to be doing his own thing. :)

    And that sweet little woodpecker! Such wonderful crisp shots!

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  33. Love the first photo, but no idea what they are. You were able to get some great shots of the little Downy.

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  34. These are great shots, Ida. Great looking woodpecker, if they would just stay in their trees and not our house :)

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  35. Really great shots- I don't see the woodpeckers very often here..I think maybe one time..They were so far I didn't get a good shot.

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  36. Brilliant pictures of the Woodpecker.

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  37. oh Ida, you captured the male downy so well, your images are crisp and clear. That red spot on the back of his head, is sometimes shaped like a heart. That's a fun find and I always look for that!!

    I skimmed thru the replies and it did not seem like anyone was able to I.d. the flight birds. I don't know either, I have never seen a bird that looks like that in flight.

    Have a great weekend Ida, our weather has been beautiful!!

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