Saturday, April 18, 2015

On a Sunday afternoon

We drove past these…

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in front of this cute house.

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Then we saw this…

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and turned around!

I had missed good photos of the beautiful yellow flowers but we couldn’t believe our eyes when we spotted this pileated woodpecker alongside the road.

And surprisingly enough…

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he waited until we turned around and came back for his photo shoot!

It’s the best details of a pileated woodpecker that I’ve ever captured with my camera. (from the car, with traffic coming) lol He finally flew but landed nearby.

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I'd Rather B Birdin' .

49 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Hello my friend - and what a fabulous find! I'm so glad you got some good photos of him! I would love to see one of these in person sometime.

Arlene said...

What a great photo Diane. And to see him posing as well!!lol!

Happy@Home said...

What an exciting discovery right by the side of the road. He looks like he was hoping you'd take his photo. Maybe he reads your blog :).

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

Hello Diane,
Thanks for sharing Woody's photos with us. It was kind of him to pose for you
Those yellow flowers are really pretty against the green of the grass.
Hugs,
Arlette

Wild Oak Designs said...

What a great shot of the woodpecker!
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Diane, what a great find for a birder! (Did you know they're called 'twitchers' in England?) I'm so glad Woody waited for you to get your shots!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What fun - love the cute house and the flowers - but the woodpecker wins the day. They are so rare around here - though we do see them now and then. More often I hear them in the woods across the street from our house. I'm glad he stayed around so you could get his picture.

Diane said...

Wow! Very neat!

Susie said...

Diane, You are so lucky...what a great shot of the woodpecker. Those are kind of rare aren't they? Hope you get to enjoy some more hikes soon. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Linda H said...

Wow great shots of Woody! Sweet house too!

BeachGypsy said...

Great pictures of the woodpecker! And that little field of sunshine blossoms in front of that house??............gorgeous!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I can't believe this--
I just took photos of one of these birds in a tree out my apt window on Thursday--but yours is much much clearer and brighter than mine is!!
Smiles

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, what a wonderful and lucky shot! You did great at capturing the little guy!!!

Hugs,
Nancy

Red Rose Alley said...

wow, that is such a unique looking bird! And you got a lot of its red head in the second photo. This is a charming house, indeed, with the yellow flowers in front. Loved your pictures today, Diane.

~Sheri

laurie said...

beautiful,, what an assortment of beautiful today!

Linda Kay said...

Beth, that is really an unusual woodpecker, and I've not seen one like it before. That red tuft on it's head, and it even waited for you to take his picture!

Christine said...

Awesome photo! I've never seen one before and it looks bigger than I imagined!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, congrats on your great Pileated Woodie sighting.. They are beautiful birds, great photos.. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post, have a happy weekend!

Lynn said...

Such a cute house, if it's for sale I'm headed down! Love Woody, as with most guys, they crave the attention:@)

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Wow Diane,
These are amazing photos of the woodpecker.. We have them here, but i am not sure what the name of them are.
This one you caught on camera is so pretty. I didnt think they were so big.
what luck you had.
super post
happy weekend
val xxx

Debby said...

He looks so big. I guess nothing much bothrrs him. Beautiful picture.

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful shots of the woodpecker, Diane! When I try to photograph birds they always fly off immediately! I loved the beautiful yellow flowers too :)
Happy weekend.
Helen xox

Vee said...

Well he was really wanting his picture taken! Nice capture. Good eyes!

carolann said...

That is a real keeper. I like it very much. Lucky you.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I have seen some amazing critters on the side of the road also. Love this bird!

Linda

ginger@bearbits said...

Great spotting and a really cool photo!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Wonderful shot of the wood pecker. We have lots of them at the lake house for some reason.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Ah yes, I recognize Mr. Pileated Woodpecker, we call him a house wrecker around here! We had one completely destroy a wooden window frame, he thought his reflection was another woodpecker and kept bashing at the frame to drive (himself!) off!

Carla from The River said...

I love the house!! I want the yellow flowers. Woody is so fun,and it is awesome you captured him in a photo.

Mildred said...

The little cottage and flowers are gorgeous but I love the woodpecker. Such pretty colors. Have a blessed Sunday.

Marlene Plasencia said...

Hi Diane, you take such great pictures. He waited just for you. I don't know how you did it and with traffic coming, he's beautiful. So worth the drive around.
Sending blessings,
Marlene

edenhills said...

Beautiful photos! How nice to have a cooperative little model.

doodles n daydreams said...

He's definitely Woody!! And he waited for you, that last picture looks just like the old cartoons :)

Diana

Anni said...

I swear, I've told Bud many times, I need a bumper sticker that says I BRAKE FOR BIRDS....and this definitely would've been the time!!!

Wow...I'm speechless.


I appreciate you sharing the link to this post for I'd Rather B Birdin'. Have a super week ahead!!

Diane Writes said...

The road trip surprises! hahaha You never fail to catch one deareast namemate :)

ann said...

Isn't it exciting when you get a rare photo? And with birds you just do not get a second chance. We don't have this wood pecker here--I don't think. Great photos. And the little house is just cute.

John's Island said...

Hi, Congrats on the pics of the pileated woodpecker! And thank you for sharing them! Very nice work.

Marie C said...

How very exciting! I've never seen one in the wild! He looks like he just knew he was making your day! The cottage and flowers are so lovely too, but it's WONDERFUL about the woodpecker!

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Good shot!!
That's a handsome, big woody wood pecker!

Tricia-CastlesNcrowns-FairyTalePhotography said...

I have never seen a woodpecker like that! Great capture Diane!

Joanne said...

Oh how adorable! I can't believe how close he let you get!
Blessings, Joanne

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a wonderful opportunity to see this beautiful bird.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great sighting, and what wonderful luck!!! Nice photos of the flowers and the Woodpecker!

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful ph tots of the woodpecker!!
~Cindy

Kathy said...

What a piece of luck! I think I heard Woody.... 8+)

Cranberry Morning said...

Don't you just love those pileated woodpeckers! They're so fun. Great shots, Diane!

Musings from Kim K. said...

That's really impressive photography from a moving car! Such great photos of him. We have two very large woodpeckers that enjoy our oak tree at the Aframe. They are a noisy bunch when they are hammering away.

Terra said...

Nice job capturing the Pileated Woodpecker in the photo.

bailey-road.com said...

How amazing to spot him alongside the road. Great shots from the car.