First, in the back yard:
This is the little White Spruce that emac brought home from elementary school a long time ago, peeking out from the snow... It lives!
The back yard birch tree. It is called Purple Rain Birch and in the summer its leaves are almost black. That white bark looks pretty against the BLUE sky today.
This is one of the crab apple trees. It keeps it's fruit all winter long, unless the squirrels eat it.
Its flowers are a beautiful shade of pink in May.
At this point I was ready to go in the house and read the mail, have a coffee and upload my photos. Once inside, I looked out the front window and saw the big beautiful Northern Flicker in the Mayday tree. If you have ever seen a Northern Flicker, you would know how excited I was and hopeful that I could take a picture of it. Flickers are a type of woodpecker, with the most amazing feathers. Have a look here: Northern Flicker.
By the time I got outside again with my camera, she was gone.
While I was filling the bird feeder with seed for the Black Capped Chickadees, sparrows, finches, and blue jays that visit everyday, a flash of red caught my attention. What was it? I have never seen a red bird here...
Surprise! Its a little Downy Woodpecker (I think)
He hopped from branch to branch, not at all shy of me there filling the bird feeder with seeds. Finally, he flew right up close to the other little hanging feeder, the one designed for woodpeckers.
As I finish this post, I see my new little friend is still out there, pecking away. I guess he was hungry! Maybe I will see him again. Today, I am a back yard Druid, there are so many wonderful things to see if you only take the time to look for them.
~ Feather ~