In a park downtown today, I saw a gorgeous male Nuttall's Woodpecker on the ground (cement) in a very shallow puddle. He was holding his belly very low and dragging it in the puddle and hopping around as if he was trying to take a bath, but the puddle was so shallow, that he didn't get much of a bath. Every once in a while, he kind of pecked at the puddle -- I think that he was trying to drink, but there was only a little scooping action going on. He also made a single-note call every few seconds -- PEEP! I watched him for minute or two, then kept walking. When I looked back, he was gone, so I assume that he could fly and wasn't hurt. I can't recall seeing a non-Flicker woodpecker on the ground like this. Oh how, I wish I had my camera (it takes video). He was quite cute and a little pathetic -- most woodpeckers are not made to move about on the ground. Poor thing -- he needed a deeper body of water.
My husband subscribes to Birds of North America Online. I'm going to ask him to access the article on the Nuttall's Woodpecker for me so that I can read the Behavior section. But not tonight. It's time for bed.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
My husband, who is an amazing naturalist, photographer, writer, and friend, just posted a blog entry about the first leg -- St. Paul -- of our recent trip to Alaska. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
We spent about 19 days in Alaska on a birding trip. It was our first birding trip with a tour company. The birds, mammals, landscape, etc. were beyond AWESOME! This is the view from the lake near our hotel in Anchorage. Anchorage was our base, and we visited a number of other locations -- St. Paul (one of the Pribilof Islands), Denali National Park, Nome, Seward, and Barrow -- spending several days at each location, and returning to Anchorage for one night in between visiting each place.
I have a bazillion (can I just say that the spell checker did not catch this word. What's up with that?) photos to sort through, so I will be sharing more later. I even have a needlecraft-related photo from Alaska to share.