Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hairy Woodpecker

 Male hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

As you can see here, this cute guy likes peanuts.   He also has a passion for suet and sunflower seeds.

Hammering a peanut shell to get the nut out

They usually forage along tree trunks and branches, but here someone has placed peanuts in the shell on a tree stump.

Wondering if he heard something click - a shutter perhaps?

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

56 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Cheeky woodpeckers; they've always been amongst my favourite birds. Beautifully captured!

Revrunner said...

Undoubtedly emanating from someone intent upon stealing one of his precious peanuts. :-)

Stefan Jansson said...

Great birds they are.

Beth Edwards said...

wow, i love that he is like that is my peanut. it looks huge compared to his shape. a treat for sure. ( :

Indrani said...

Good close captures of the woodpecker!

Bill Nicholls said...

Very nice photos of the woodpecker

Lisa Gordon said...

What a handsome fella, and he looks quite happy with his peanuts!

Mersad said...

Amazing captures!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

The Furry Gnome said...

You get spectacular bird pictures!

Jenny said...

I didn't know that they like peanuts. I usually put suet out for them, but I will get some peanuts for them, too :)

Randy said...

Beautiful close up.

storybeader said...

this is so nice, to see the birds so close. Kind person who left the peanut amidst the snow. {:-Deb

see you there! said...

Great bird photos, I can see some sort of fluffy feathers, I suppose that is why his is called hairy.

Darla

LONDONLULU said...

Look at the treasures he's found! I've never seen woodpeckers up so close, what lovely patterns they have!

Lowell said...

Was it you who put the peanuts there? Great-looking bird but I've found woodpeckers of any variety to be kinda pesky! Love that first photo!

TexWisGirl said...

so very cute.

Linda W. said...

What a cute little guy! Nice close-ups.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots!

I knew they liked suet, but not peanuts!

Karen said...

Oh what fabulous shots! Great detail, I can see the difference between a Hairy and a Downy with these photos! This guys beak is much longer.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I wonder if my Acorn Woodpeckers and Scrub Jays would like peanuts in the shell. I'll have to get some as a treat for them. Great shots.

Carver said...

He's a beauty. Great shots.

Gail Dixon said...

That peanut is bigger than his whole head! What a go-getter! Great shots!!!

Stuart said...

I miss my hairy and downy friends that I left behind in the States. Thanks for reminding my why.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

He sure gave you some lovely poses.

Jette Hollesen said...

The last pisture is so nice.
Good composition.
Many Greetings
JetteMajken

Small City Scenes said...

They and the Downeys sure love the Peanut suet feeders too. We like to watch them. MB

Christian Weiß said...

Awesome photos and a nice bird.

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice one.

Maggid said...

How Super Handsome he is!!!
Thank you!

cieldequimper said...

Perhaps it mistook the shutter for a peanut being cracked open by a competitor?! Whatever the case may be, I'm glad he let himself be photographed!

RedPat said...

They are the most common woodpeckers that I see in the city and it always a thrill for me!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

cute, cute and more cute. A face you just gotta love.

Rebecca said...

That peanut is quite the bill-full.

Pamela Gordon said...

He's cute and really enjoying the treat. I have them here at the sunflower silo and the suet cakes almost every day - male and female. I just can't get a good photo of them through the window. :(

eileeninmd said...

Love the woodies, great sighting and photos of the Hairy woodie!

Steve Borichevsky said...

We get lots of Downies here but not many Hairies, so this is fun to see.

Stephanie said...

It appears he was looking at you. Beautiful bird.

Jack said...

Great photos of this cheeky woodpecker.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Great characterful shots. We always feel very deprived here in the UK where we only have 3 types of woodpecker - and one of those is almost impossible to see.

Rose said...

He's a hungry, hungry boy from the looks of that first pic. Great captures.

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful series! The Hairy is not common around here and it's always a treat to see one. Especially one with a beak full of peanut!

Very nice photographs!

George said...

These are wonderful photos of the Hairy Woodpecker. I especially like that first picture with the peanut in his beak.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the woodpeckers. He's a pretty boy!

llandudnopictures said...

Woody has a BIG appetite!

Gemma Wiseman said...

That peanut looks so big compared to the size of woody's mouth as well as woody himself. Great photos.

Cezar and Léia said...

You got wonderful close ups, this little friend is so adorable!Cute red spot!
Léia

Dave said...

Smart bird

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful close-ups!

kelley jensen said...

He is fluffy, is that why he's called the Hairy Woodpecker?

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of your pecker. :)

Judy said...

That is a mouthful in that top photo. Great shots!

edenhills said...

What great shots!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great images of woodpecker cracking a nut !

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just awesome pictures! The woodpecker with the peanut ("amendoim" in Portuguese) is stunning!
Here where I live we have yellow and red woodpecker too.

Saun said...

Love them great shots!

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