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I just saw a young woodpecker!

At first I thought "What the hell?" because it looked like a red-bellied woodpecker with a fluffy gray head rather than the usual red-tan. It had the same tweed back as the adult with it. I was trying to figure out what it was--it was nearly as big as the adult, and I was thinking maybe it was a different species--when the adult plucked a chunk out of the suet feeder and the juvenile scooted over and shoved its head practically down the adult's throat. The adult continued feeding it for a minute, pulling suet out of the feeder and then holding it for the baby to get at, and then they both flew off.

I feel terribly privileged. I have no idea when most birds nest, so it didn't even occur to me that there'd be babies in the yard.

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ursulav

(no subject)

I just saw a young woodpecker!

At first I thought “What the hell?” because it looked like a red-bellied woodpecker with a fluffy gray head rather than the usual red-tan. It had the same tweed back as the adult with it. I was trying to figure out what it was–it was nearly as big as the adult, and I was thinking maybe it was a different species–when the adult plucked a chunk out of the suet feeder and the juvenile scooted over and shoved its head practically down the adult’s throat. The adult continued feeding it for a minute, pulling suet out of the feeder and then holding it for the baby to get at, and then they both flew off.

I feel terribly privileged. I have no idea when most birds nest, so it didn’t even occur to me that there’d be babies in the yard.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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ursulav

Bright Spot

Went into the local UPS store to mail stuff, and grabbed a postcard so that I could write Tom DeLay, as per the meme mentioned earlier. The clerk, who knows me fairly well by now, asked what the postcard was for, and I explained the meme to her.

She pulled out two more postcards, signed for herself and her husband, wrote in their return addresses, stamped all three of them, and handed all three to me saying "On the house, do ones for us, too!"

That made me feel good. I mean, it's a small thing, but anything that brings people together is good, even if it IS just mutual disgust.

breeden
ursulav

Bright Spot

Went into the local UPS store to mail stuff, and grabbed a postcard so that I could write Tom DeLay, as per the meme mentioned earlier. The clerk, who knows me fairly well by now, asked what the postcard was for, and I explained the meme to her.

She pulled out two more postcards, signed for herself and her husband, wrote in their return addresses, stamped all three of them, and handed all three to me saying “On the house, do ones for us, too!”

That made me feel good. I mean, it’s a small thing, but anything that brings people together is good, even if it IS just mutual disgust.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.