Monday, February 24, 2020

Our World, My World

 Hello and Happy Monday,

February is flying by, at least it is for me.  I am looking forward to spring and walking in the warm sunshine.  But, for now these are some photos from my world, the nearby reservoir and our neighborhood. I will be happy to see green trees again. 

 "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." Paulo Coelho



Lately I have been seeing both the Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers at my feeders. They both love the suet.  The Hairy Woodpecker is larger in size,  9 inches long. The Downy woodpecker is 6 1/2 inches long. The Hairy is on the left and the Downy is on the right in both of the mosaics below. 

The female Hairy Woodpecker and the female Downy Woodpecker.  The white (wider stripes) around the eye  on the Hairy Woodie also looks different. The suet feeder fits a small block of suet and is not big, you can see the smaller Downy Woodpecker does not take up much room on the feeder compared to the larger sized Hairy Woodpecker. 


 The male Hairy Woodpecker is on left and the male Downy Woodpecker is on the right.   Both male woodies have the red spots on their heads.


A view of the local fire road, one tree is down we either go around it, climb over it or turn back.


 A view of the reservoir, our lake seen through the trees.


 At the lake, way in the distance a saw a few Canada Geese, Common Mergansers and the Hooded Merganser.





"Smile more, Embrace the lessons, Love your life."

On Feb 16th we took a walk to the front part of the lake, we saw more Mergansers, and a few dogs and their humans were across the lake from us.  🌝  Dogs make me smile. 😀



Another cloudy day in the neighborhood, lake view and reflections.


Mergansers seem to be the most common waterfowl seen at our lake.






"Follow your dream, listen to your heart."


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  2. Lindas mensagem entre as fotos! Beleza, como sempre ,que nos faz bem apreciar aqui! Linda semana! beijos, chica

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  3. Hello Eileen,

    The woodpeckers are all so beautiful. I look forward to spring too.
    Enjoy your day!

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  5. I can't wait until spring is here ... I'm tired of this awful weather!!
    The woodpecker is always a pleasure to watch!
    Wishing you a nice day and a great week ahead!

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  6. Lovely photos, nice to get the comparisons between the two species of woodpeckers

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  7. Pretty woodpeckers. Looking forward to the green trees.

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  8. Thanks to your explanation and the photos, I think I will be tell apart Hairy woodpecker from Downy Woodpecker, and male and female of each species. The red spots on the head is a helpful clue. Have happy days ahead.

    Yoko

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  9. Nice to have them side by side. Very cooperative birds you have. Another surefire ID character with the males is that the red on the Downy is continuous, on the Hairy it is broken.

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  10. Beautiful birds as always...and I love your lake reflections photos, especially the island with the water in waves.

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  11. I meant the last one with ducks and water in waves, as well as island! Sorry.

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  12. Love the Merganser photo. It's nearly a perfect mirror image.
    Have a great Monday!

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  13. THis was very helpful to have these two scamps side by side. I can never tell them apart but maybe now I can. I love the photo of the bluebird in your last post. Their blue is such a beautiful shade.

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  14. It is great to see the woodpeckers side by side like that. Thank you!

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  15. We see a lot of Downy Woodpeckers and some Hairy ones which seem so large when they fly in.

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  16. I would have thought all the woodpeckers were the same. it is hard for me to see the differences. the ducks are very good at drawing designs in the water

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    1. Hello Sandra, they woodies do look alike. Thank you for the visit and comment. Have a great week!

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  17. I could walk around and sit by the water all day. We have the same woodpeckers that visit us daily. Precious, I feed them all. They love the suet blocks. Lovely doggies!
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

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  18. Beautiful post and pics.
    Greetings.

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  19. ...your world looks wonderful to me, enjoy your week, Eileen.

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  20. That lake looks to be a great place to spot birds. I love your last photo of the two birds swimming together.
    Enjoy your day :)

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  21. It's cloudy and colorless here too at the moment. Great woodpeckers! Wishing a beautiful new week.

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  22. awwww, you changer "your" picture, i love it!! i have been seeing a lot of different mergansers, but they swim so far out it is impossible to get a picture like you did!!!

    i still have a hard time telling the hairy from the downy, but the picture is very helpful. i have a male downy that is hanging around, it looks a little smaller and does not fly off, when i hang out the window closest to the tree. could it be a young one this time of year? it is not injured.

    awesome pictures today!!

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  23. Awesome photos. ❤️❤️❤️

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  24. What a fantastic pattern in the water the birds have made, reminding me of skaters making the figure eight!

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  25. Underbart med dessa celebra gäster vid fågelbordet. Fint att du fick båda två på samma bild. Ingen vinter hos er heller men det kanske är normalt, har dålig kunskap om det.

    Ha det gott Eileen!

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  26. Hello Eileen
    I am also really looking forward to spring. In the Netherlands we now have the fourth storm in a few weeks and the 5th is coming. It keeps blowing and being bad again. I am sick and tired of many others.
    Your photos are also a welcome change. It is wonderful to see these woodpeckers, but the woodland views are also beautiful. I also see beautiful sawfish swimming. Your collage also works great.
    I wish you a very nice week.
    Greetings, Helma

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  27. Oh love the woodpeckers and other great nature photos ~ Beautiful, Eileen ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  28. I like that last photo but my favourites are the woodpecker photos.

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  29. What a lovely trip! We had a few rock pigeons at our feeder today. They are flighty :-) and I can't get a good photo.

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  30. Hello Eileen,
    Wonderful shots.
    So nice how you've caught the woodpeckers in these shots. So nice!!

    Greetings, Marco

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  31. Great photos of the Woodpeckers!
    Dogs seem to get the maximum amount of enjoyment from every day! We could all learn from them.
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hello Lea, Dogs have big hearts, love unconditionally. Thank you for the visit and comment. Have a great week!

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  32. It was fun to see both types of woodpeckers at your bird feeders, Eileen! They do look hungry. I alos enjoyed reading all the quotes you included in this post. I like to collect inspirational quotes

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  33. I'm going to get my journal out and write down some of these quotes! You KNOW I love my life but I need to encourage others to love theirs! What sweet woodpeckers! They are sharing! heehee! Hugs!

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  34. Woodpeckers (hairy) seem to be the only friends I'm attracting to one of my feeders. Your pix are great!

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  35. Beautiful photos as usual. Love the woodpeckers.

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  36. It's difficult to tell the difference between hairies and downies. I go by the size of the beak.

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  37. You are really good - those 2 male woodpeckers look similar to me.

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  38. Love how you captured the two side by side...lucky to have happen! (I like digs, too.)

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  39. Woodpeckers are so much fun unless they are drilling in the wall of your cabin. - Margy

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  40. Those pictures of the two woodpeckers are so great...the comparisons are really helpful for IDing. Thank you! The fire road makes a very nice neighborhood walk. Hope your Spring comes soon !

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  41. Woodpeckers are very cool when they aren't pecking on your house. :) I'm ready for some good walking weather. Happy week to you.

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  43. I fell in love with the first woodpecker I saw IRL. I'm still in love with them, although I rarely see them.

    Worth a Thousand Word

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  44. Hello Eileen,
    I am also looking forward to spring, here there has been a storm and a lot of rain 4 times.
    I love the woodpeckers, really beautiful pictures.
    Best regards, Irma

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  45. I lost my rhythm with my trip to Dresden...

    ...now I'm here, reading and enjoying your Post. Thank you for sharing this lovely captures.

    Happy MosaicMonday

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  46. I enjoyed learning of the differences between the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. Thanks so much Eileen. I had what I thought was a Downy on the feeder yesterday but I will pay more attention to it next time. Always enjoy looking through your photos. Gave a great day :)

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  47. Nice pictures. Love the woodpeckers. And...today I discovered that a hawk has built a nest right above my office window!! Unfortunately I can't see him from my window, but when I walk into the building I can see him.

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  48. I never thought of using Suet, we've been using bird seed and dripping/fat. Thanks for the idea :-)

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  49. Hello Eileen, I completely agree with you, and if only spring were closer than it feels around here. It's colder again, we had a few warmer days but oh my there is so much snow still out and about everywhere. Much of it iced over too, which my dog Misty cannot tolerate! Hoping there will be real spring here by the time Easter arrives.

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    1. Hello, Poor Misty, it must be hard walking on the ice and cold. It is colder and windy here today! Thank you so much for the comment and visit. Wishing you a happy day and a great weekend!

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  50. Great shots of the woodpeckers. Hopefully winter will end soon here too. The weather is unpredictable and lousy. We all need warmth and some colour.
    Have a lovely evening.

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  51. The woodpeckers love the suet blocks :)
    All very nice photographs.

    Hope your week is going well.

    All the best Jan

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  52. Imagens como sempre fascinantes, desse pedacinho de paraíso... tão próximo da natureza!...
    Magnifica partilha, Eileen! Saio sempre daqui do seu cantinho, respirando paz e serenidade!
    As imagens como sempre, são fascinantes! Adorei ver! Beijinhos! Feliz semana!
    Ana

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  53. These are awesome scenery images. The birds are so awesome to see, so pretty. The last shot with the wakes crossing is a great capture.

    Thanks for linking up at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

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  54. I always enjoy your walks so much...great captures of the woodpeckers. You have a lovely place to walk.

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  55. It seems that one of those dogs noticed you.

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  56. The woodpeckers are so adorable! I am impatiently waiting for spring.

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  57. Eileen - great captures of the Hairy and Downy, and explanations of how to tell the difference. We also have both of these at our suet feeders. I have often wondered how they got their names, since they don't look particularly downy or hairy! The last photo of the mergansers, gazing at each other and leaving a wake pattern, is a fabulous shot!! I can almost see a heart shape in that wake pattern! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

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  58. I would love to have these woodpeckers feeding in my garden - you obviously put out good food for them!
    Wren x

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  59. Interesting to learn about the comparisons between the two species of woodpeckers.

    Happy Wednesday, Eileen!

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  60. The woodpeckers are very cute Eileen :)

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  61. Amazing! I love woodpeckers and this year there are also many in our garden!
    Your landscapes also fascinate me, how beautiful it must be there in summer?
    I wish you a beautiful day, Julie

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  62. I am looking forward to spring too. It has been so rainy here in Atlanta. Have a great week.

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  63. que maravillas de imagenes, la naturaleza es preciosa

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  64. Lovely capture from your walk on local fire road and i could see how dry the trees are waiting to rekindle on new shoots and greenish. Beautiful captures and nice details observed on the woodpeckers.

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  65. Love the two swimming Merganser.
    Happy Thursday and happy rest of week!

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  66. nice birds seen in your world :) Today we finally has some snow so I had a chance to walk in snow. The feeling of winter was great, but it starts to melt away already :(

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  67. Eileen, I love pattern in the water made by the Mergansers! Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D

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