Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fireroad Walk

I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

Hubby and I often go out for walks on our local fireroads, lately we have been checking on our neighborhood Barred Owl and sometimes I am looking for other birds. On this day March 30th we didn't see the owl but I found this female Pileated Woodpecker.


She was working hard around this tree, it may be her nest. This is almost right across from where we saw our Barry the Barred Owl.


 These woodpeckers have been known to drilled rectangular holes in trees looking for bugs and for their nest.



The Pileated Woodpeckers are large birds and mostly black, they have a patch of white on their wings seen while in flight. This is the female wearing the black moustache. The male would have a red line instead of two black lines on their face.


Above a view of our lake from the fireroad, a White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker.



From another day this is Barry the Barred Owl seen on March 27th.


Here is a peek at the lake on a dreary cloudy day walk! The trees should be turning green soon.

Above are images from my most recent walk on the fireroad. On the top row are the Pileated Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Louisiana Waterthrush, Cormorants, Geese and Great Blue herons on the nest. I hope you enjoyed our walk in the woods.  As always, I appreciate the visits and your nice comments.  Have a happy new week ahead!

As always thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.
Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons
Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

106 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

great photos, the pileated woodpecker is very handsome

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great birds! I love the woodie and the owl. Have a wonderful week ahead, Eileen!

Tom said...

as always, great shots Eileen.

Sue said...

Hi Eileen--that is one gorgeous photo of the owl. Stunning!

Sandra said...

Barry is my favorite and i don't know what a fireroad is, but i sure would like to walk this one...

Martin Kloess said...

Wow! appreciate you sharing

Suza said...

Dear Eileen.
Your pictures are so very beautiful. I mostly love the Picture of the owl. A great shot.
best
susa

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

What a nice camouflage the Owl has - Wow!
I didn't know that the Woodpecker made rectangular holes in trees - that's news to me.
Have a Happy Day, Eileen!!
Peace :)

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Wonderful photos! The woodpecker is very similar to "my" woodpecker. Very pretty owl too!

Have a nice week ahead!

Cathy Keller said...

What a handsome woodpecker!!! And the owl does, indeed, look wise. Wonderful photos as always! Have a grand day!

Mildred said...

Incredible photos. Like Madsnapper, I love Barry the best. You have a lovely place to walk. Wishing you a very good week, Eileen.

Karen S. said...

Hello sweet Barry! He is something special, you are so lucky how you catch these lovely critters. I enjoyed all your photos and this hike along with you!

RedPat said...

I've only seen one owl in my life and one Pileated Woodpecker so these are great shots, Eileen!

Linda Gross said...

Your photos are wonderful. I have yet to see one of those larger size woodpeckers.

Cloudia said...

That tree in the second photo has a magical face, Eileen! Love your post

TexWisGirl said...

love the pileated and the barred!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
The woody is such an attractive bird... but golly, Barry wins my vote for his dignified presence! YAM xx

Lois said...

Beautiful birds! I once saw two Pileated Woodpeckers in my backyard at the same time. They are fascinating to watch.

Florence said...

Wonderful to see the piles tied woodpecker. My favorite though is the beautiful owl. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Linda said...

Eileen, your photos are lovely! I hope your Monday and week will be great!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Love your photos! I can catch the little Downy woodpeckers so easily, but the Pileated Woodpeckers, are hard to get, what great and lucky shots!! I also saw our Barred Owl this evening, and snapped a photo which I'll post in a day or so -- Unfortunately, it's really being harassed by a crow that I just wish would leave it alone!

Hope your weekend has ended on a good note -- The weather sure has been fabulous, hasn't it?

Pat Tillett said...

A lot of great photos Eileen! I love owls and any glimpse of one if the wild gives me a thrill. Those woodpeckers really use their heads.

Linda W. said...

Love your photos of the woodpecker and the owl!

rupam sarma said...

Amazing pics :)
Have a nice week ahead.

Anu said...

The Pileated woodpecker is great! Beautiful landscapes there! The Barred Owl looks little bit same kind than Ural Owl. Have a nice week!

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of the birds, the owl and the landscape. So beautiful !
Have a great new week, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos of those lowely birds.Cute Eileen.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

podso said...

Great shots of a busy woodpecker. What a great hat he's wearing! The owl too-- such wonderful walks you take.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Great photos. One year th pileated woodpecker kept drilling a hole at the base of the old dead tree we used to hang the feeders on and eventually the hole went right through and toppled the tree. Enjoy this lovely weather.

riitta k said...

That woodpecker is a funny looking bird with its red cap :)

Stewart M said...

PL Woodpeckers are one of my favourite birds. I had been lucky enough o see them on a couple of occasions. Nice to see some again.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Marcia said...

The pileateds around here are very noisy. I hear them more than see them. When I do catch a glimpse I never manage to get my camera before they take flight. You got some great photos.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awww, I haven't seen a Pileated in our neck of the woods for a couple years :(

Small City Scenes said...

Lovely shots. I like the Pileated--he is a beauty.
MB

Gail said...

What super amazing photos!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is such a wonderful neighborhood walk. I hope I start to see more birds on my morning strolls soon ... They seem to arrive about the time most of the snowbirds leave. (Maybe they hide until it gets less crowded.)

Mary Hone said...

Great bird shots. I love that owl, so handsome.

jandi said...

The woodpecker and owl are lovely! You live in a wonderful area. Have a beautiful week!

Charlene N.K. said...

Wow, all these amazing birds! Great captures!

DawnTreader said...

For some reason I love owls. Don't think I've ever seen one in real life, though.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the woodpecker and owl shots ~ All wonderfully done photography~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

ps. Behind in my comment due to surgery

Debbie said...

WoW!!! eileen, another great group of images. you are lucky to see the pleated woodpeckers, they may be around here but i never see them. i also enjoyed seeing the owl, very exciting and a great capture!! all of a sudden i am seeing a lot of the nuthatches, or i am seeing one, frequently. they are beautiful!!!!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place to walk around with such lovely birds.

Linda Kay said...

God's artistry on your lovely birds is really amazing.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great photos! I especially love that owl shot!

Karen said...

Oh wow, you saw some great birds! Love the Pileated Woodpecker.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I am used to seeing the little downy woodpecker here on occasion. I was taking a walk about two weeks ago and there was the large woodpecker in your photos. I was so excited and yet no camera with me and when he flew off I was surprised at what a large bird he was indeed!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Pileateds are all over the place on Cacapon Mountain, W.V. I hear their amusing calls all the time, but they are camera shy.

One Mrs. Pileated figured out how to land on the tiny suet feeder.
~

Cranberry Morning said...

You always have such wonderful photos, Eileen. I like the sweet little nuthatch, and it's always such a treat to see a pileated in person! I love the sound they make when they fly away from my tree.

amo sin blogg said...

Great photos of special nice birds.

Happy new week !

bj said...

always such wonderful photos...i just loe woodpeckers and i've never seen one in person. :(

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wonderful photographs! I love love love, guess who? That Owl! You thought I'd say the Pileated. Yes, I also love her but the Owl! Wow! Have a great coming week.

Mama Zen said...

That shot of the owl is just stunning!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Crafty woodpecker indeed! Lovely shots .... all of them...

Enjoy your evening,
Ruby

jeannettestgermain said...

Love the large woodpecker - love to hear their pecking sound, but up till now I've only seen a surprisingly small one! Still looking for the owl!

Many thanks Eileen for being a part of SEASONS - love your knowledge about birds, so I always enjoy my visits at your blog tremendously:) Have a great and happy week!

Our photos said...

Very nice series !

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

The Pileated are very active here now too, but I can never get great pics like this....wonderful!

Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The woodpecker made a large hole in that tree! The Barred Owl was a good sighting--they blend into their surroundings so well. You had clouds on your walk --we had snow! The birds here are very confused, especially the robins. I fed them today as I felt sorry for them. I just have to fight off all the squirrels that show up..lol!

b"E"th ( : edwards said...

we love walking fire roads, love the owl, usually do quiet on these roads, fun times!! have an amazing week! ( ;

Missy George said...

I have never seen a Pileated Woodpecker in person..Very cool looking..Love the owl..I hear them around here but haven't seen one..Great shots..

Powell River Books said...

I've been hearing woodpeckers calling and pecking like crazy, and we have an owl that calls every night. Based on the sound I think it's a Barred Owl too. - Margy

Photo Cache said...

I enjoy the woodpecker features so much. Thanks.

Worth a Thousand Words

Happyone said...

Great shot of the woodpecker and I love the owl.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Love the photos you take on your walks Eileen, thanks for participating at Mosaic Monday.

Indrani said...

Wonderful captures of the birds. The collage so well made.
Have a great week ahead!

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos , There is nothing more relaxing and fun then a nature walk . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

The Yum List said...

What a handsome bird with his red cap on. ;-)

Al said...

Such beautiful little critters in this post!

mick said...

Great photos. Lovely views along those fire roads.

bettyl-NZ said...

Great series of critters! I love seeing them all!

Nora said...

I think it was a great walk with a lot of birds! I love the close ups of the Pileated. I smile when you named your owl! So cute.

Klara said...

how good looking that woodpecker is.

Amy Franks said...

the woodpecker is so pretty, I love her red colours and the owl is one of my favourite birds :-)

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen! The White-breasted Nuthatch is my favourite, so incredibly cute.
I too needed to google what a fireroad is... and I learnt something new and very interesting!
Thank you for sharing these lovely photos!

Mary Cromer said...

Love, LOVE the Barred Owl and all of the other wonders you have in this post. This reminds me that we have a fire road in a nearby park, that I need to walk when I am feeling all better. Hope you have a joy filled week my sweet friend~

Roan said...

Awesome shots. Love the barred owl!

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, All of these pictures are good ... my favorites are the Pileated Woodpecker. I loved your comment about the sounds a Pileated Woodpecker makes on the chimney next door to me. My post March 10th: http://john-s-island.blogspot.com/2016/03/carkeek-eagles-woodpecker-solar-eclipse.html Thanks for sharing your blog. Have a happy day!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Eileen,
I hear so many different birds in our woods and I just really need to starting focusing on taking some photos.
You capture nature so very well!
Happy Tuesday,
Jemma

Birgitta said...

Great photos from you always!

Andrea Priebe said...

I have never seen a Pileated Woodpecker but always wished I could. I didn't know the differences in the male/female coloring. Interesting and informative. And who would love a Barred Owl. Barry the Barred Owl is probably out looking for his mate because it is that time of year for them :) Great series, Eileen.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Nancy Chan said...

The woodpecker always amazes me. Such a tiny little bird, yet it can drills big and deep holes in the trees. Love the owl shot. Have a beautiful day!

Hannele Toivon Vintiltä said...

Great photos! The woodpecker and owl are so charming.

Hula La said...

Oh my, great post! I have the pileated woodpeckers and the barred owls, too. And of course the geese on the pond. I remember the first time I ever heard the pileated...I was waiting for something to come swinging from limb to limb, and swoop down and grab me:) ha ha. Love them! And I am hoping to see the owl babies again this year! Isn't Mother Nature divine? Aloha!

Hannah said...

I have a lot of cool birds in my yard, but not like you can see from your fire road, Eileen. I hear the Pileated woodpeckers more than I see them, except when they are eating my apples later, I will have to try to get set up to photograph them sometime. I also hear an owl frequently but never seem to be able to find it in the trees, or the hawk.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
So nice to see all these birds. The woodpecker in your first shots is so special. Great to see.

Many greetings,
Marco

Barb said...

You are definitely the Bird Lady, Eileen! You live in the perfect spot for birding. I love that owl.

Neil said...

Great series.

Denise inVA said...

Fantastic shots Eileen. The Pileated Woodpecker interested me in particular as it is one of the birds I so rarely get to see. All beautiful birds!

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful collection of birds.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds collection, I love them.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow, I really enjoyed seeing Pileated Woodpecker♡♡♡ I wish I could see rectangular holes drilled by them (^_^)v

Wonderful photographs of birdies; I truly enjoyed enlarged ones, the last mosaicas well♬♬♬

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Pondside said...

You had some great shots there, Eileen. I haven't seen a pileated woodpecker since we moved away from Pondside House. I miss the sound, as annoying as it was early in the morning!

NatureFootstep said...

you have such beautiful woodpeckers :) Thanks for sharing your walk.

Lowcarb team member said...

To walk by that river wold be a delight for me ...
Love all your photo's, but that owl is so lovely.

Do hope your week is going well.

All the best Jan

Lea said...

Wonderful, beautiful birds!
Hope you are having a great week!
Lea

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Eileen..I would be thrilled to have these birds captured in my camera..Michelle

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great shots Eileen. I've been look for the pileated woodpecker but haven't seen one yet. Hope to soon. Love the owl pic. Have a great week.

Ana Freire said...

Lovely work, Eileen!
So many species and details... thanks for sharing!
A splendid sequence of images!
Have a nice day, Eileen!
Ana

David Gascoigne said...

Great series with the Pileated Woodpecker. I have never been able to get a good shot of this species. Maybe next time.....

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edenhills said...

Never seen one of those woodpeckers before. Don't know if they are even in my part of the world. Love the image of the owl!

Kerry said...

Oh wow. My husband JUST saw one of these guys-a pileated woodpecker- near the top of our driveway. So cool.

Linda said...

I love pileated woodpeckers! Once in a while one visits our yard. I rarely see an owl though.

Marie C said...

Gorgeous photos. Loved the Barred Owl!

Wally Jones said...

What a beautiful area! Love the view of the lake through the woods. No wonder you have such a diverse collection of birds. Love to watch the big Pileated Woodpeckers at work.

Have a great weekend!