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Remember the long warm days of summer? Night skies full of endless stars and a comet too? T shirts, shorts and sandals? Oh yeah. This is the time of winter when it seems that summer will never come. Living under pandemic rules for nearly a year, making each day seem more or less the same, doesn’t help. Well, here’s a memory of summer.

Lewis’s Woodpeckers nested on our hill last year. It was a first for us. The dead trees that burned in 2014 must have finally reached the point of good rot for easy cavity excavating. There were probably four of the colorful woodpeckers but I never saw more than three at a time. There were at least two different cavities that were in use. I photographed them over the course of a couple of days in July til I got distracted by the comet and camping activities. Just yesterday I finally got round to processing those images. There were over 400!

I think it’s worth it to click through all of the images to enjoy the colors and movements of the Lewis’s Woodpeckers. They are an exotic looking bird for this part of the world.

 

6 Comments

  1. Wonderful photos, Teri. We had their siblings or cousins nesting at our place in town, at the foot of Studhorse, last summer. I never saw more than two at a time, but they sometimes surprised me on the gnarly old apple tree just outside my office window. Such a thrill to see that flash of color and their surprising size! Nancy

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  2. Wow- I have never seen this! Thanks for showing!

  3. Wow! These photos really give a sense of the personality of this beautiful bird. Thank you!


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