Whoa, that's a long way down! thought Patty

Monday, December 28, 2020

 

A grey bodied woodpecker with a bright red crest on her head is clinging to the bark of a big evergreen. Her head is twisted sideways and she is looking straight down. Her tailfeathers are pushed firmly against the bark of the tree. Her head is cream colored with a jet black cap under her crest, extending down the back of her head. A racing stripe from her black pointed beak that extends to the back of her head
Photo by Gloria Nagler

Why couldn't we be ground-feeders?  

Female Pileated Woodpecker in our yard. Rarely see them, often hear them:) 

You can see her using her tail feathers to brace herself on the vertical surface.

--Gloria Z Nagler




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