Hairy woodpecker

We heard some concerted tapping on a tree was we walked by the other day. This little critter was up there, pecking around for some lunch.

This is a male hairy woodpecker. His long, pointed beak distinguishes him from a downy woodpecker, which is smaller and has a shorter beak.

He pecked for insects almost continually as I watched. His head was in almost constant motion. Can you imagine getting your meals like this? My head hurts just thinking of it.

Favorites from 2016

The City Daily Photo theme day for January 1st will be “Photo of the Year.” As I search for a favorite, I’ve found a few that I especially enjoyed last year. I liked this little goldfinch on my window sill. Is it that it was a special moment or just a cute little bird? I can’t say. Probably both.

And this is another favorite. It also happens to be food for goldfiniches.