Monday, March 06, 2006

Woodpeckers at my window!

Saturday morning doing paperwork - looked up from the computer and saw this pair of Gila Woodpeckers under the porch roof. For once, they hadn't made a sound.

When they flew off, the male flew to the mesquite tree

and landed on a branch between a pair of House Finches.

I didn't want to scare them away, so I photographed them through my study window.

(Click for enlargements of photos.)


Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Your woodpeckers look similar to our red-shafted Northern Flickers, which come to my balcony every once in a while and steal sunflower seeds. (Northern Flickers are also woodpeckers.) In fact, one of them tried to stab a peanut and then watch it roll off the side. Funny.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

I was thinking the same thing as Cynthia. They look like Northern Flickers. Quite a beautiful bird. Jonathan Franzen once wrote that he thought they embodied the delicate look of a dove with the drive of a woodpecker. I agree.

Pam in Tucson said...

R.D. and Cynthia - When I first saw these birds in Arizona, I thought they were flickers, too. We used to see Northern Flickers in Connecticut. But the Gila doesn't have the breast markings. I have a love-hate relationship with these guys - they disturb my sleep, drill holes in my house, make the most raucous noises. At the same time, they're beautiful, fly with a wonderful dipping movement, and I find I can't keep my eyes off them. I particularly like to watch them out in the desert on the saguaros.

Sonia said...

Pam, these photos are breathtaking!
So beautiful this bird and his wings is gorgeous!

Pam in Tucson said...

Hi sonia! Aren't they beautifully patterned birds? I'm glad you like the photos.