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:

  1. great photos, the pileated woodpecker is very handsome

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

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  3. as always, great shots Eileen.

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

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

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

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  7. 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 :)

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  8. Hello,

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

    Have a nice week ahead!

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

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

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  11. 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!

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

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

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

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  15. love the pileated and the barred!

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

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

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

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

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  20. 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?

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  21. 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.

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  22. Love your photos of the woodpecker and the owl!

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  23. Amazing pics :)
    Have a nice week ahead.

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

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

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  26. Wonderful photos of those lowely birds.Cute Eileen.

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

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

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  29. 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.

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

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  31. 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

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  32. 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.

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

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

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  35. What super amazing photos!!!

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  36. 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.)

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

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

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  39. Wow, all these amazing birds! Great captures!

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

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

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

    ps. Behind in my comment due to surgery

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  42. 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!!!!

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  43. Beautiful place to walk around with such lovely birds.

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

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  45. Great photos! I especially love that owl shot!

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

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  47. 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!

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  48. 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.
    ~

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  49. 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.

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  50. Great photos of special nice birds.

    Happy new week !

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

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  52. 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.

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  53. That shot of the owl is just stunning!

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

    Enjoy your evening,
    Ruby

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  55. 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!

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

    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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  57. 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!

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

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  59. 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..

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  60. 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

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  61. I enjoy the woodpecker features so much. Thanks.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  62. Great shot of the woodpecker and I love the owl.

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

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

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

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

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  67. Such beautiful little critters in this post!

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  68. Great photos. Lovely views along those fire roads.

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  69. Great series of critters! I love seeing them all!

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  70. 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.

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  71. how good looking that woodpecker is.

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

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  73. 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!

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  74. 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~

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  75. Awesome shots. Love the barred owl!

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  76. 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!

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  77. 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

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  78. 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

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  79. 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!

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  80. Great photos! The woodpecker and owl are so charming.

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  81. 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!

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  82. 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.

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

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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

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  85. 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!

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  86. Beautiful birds collection, I love them.

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  87. 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*

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  88. 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!

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

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  90. 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

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

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

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  93. 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.

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

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  95. 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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  96. Thanks you for this photos. The owl is so nice!http://momentsfrozentime.blogspot.nl/

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  97. 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!

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

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

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  100. Gorgeous photos. Loved the Barred Owl!

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  101. 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!

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