My brother, an avid birder, tells me that I probably spotted a female Hairy Woodpecker rather than a Downy Woodpecker. They are difficult to tell apart, but Cornell Lab of Ornithology has an excellent article on the subtle differences in these woodpeckers. Apparently the Downy Woodpecker has black speckles on the outer  tail feathers while …

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 November 25th, I was out on my morning walk with my camera. There had been a fresh fall of snow and all was quiet and still. Suddenly,  I heard a loud tap tap tap sound coming from the spruce grove that surrounds our house. I looked up and saw a downy hairy woodpecker busily pecking …

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We’ve been promised today! So I will be heading out with my camera to catch the light. Common Redpoll This little bird may be called the Common Redpoll, but don’t you think it is uncommonly beautiful, bathed in the light? I hope to see more of that beauty today. Hope you do too. with love.