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The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a year round resident in my yard. This medium-sized woodpecker can be found in the eastern half of the United States. They prefer the tall woodland trees but can be enticed to backyard feeders with offerings of suet or peanuts.

This female is often in my yard. I was potting some plants to bring in for the winter when I heard a loud yelp from the walnut tree and seconds later there she was at the feeder scolding me because it was empty. She has very distinctive calls, a cha-cha-cha or rolling kwirrr sound. Once you are familiar with it the bird is easy to find.

You can tell this is a female by the lack of red feathers on the top of her head. The male has an all red cap and juvenile birds have no color on their heads. People always want to call this bird a red-headed woodpecker, but that’s a different bird. If you look real close you can see a small patch of red feathers on her belly, which is how she got her name.
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Cross-posted on Under My Apple Tree.

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White-Crowned Sparrow

For a week or two in early autumn and early spring the White-crowned sparrow visits my suburban Chicago backyard. I look forward to his visit in spring, not so much in autumn as I know winter will soon follow.

This is a migratory native North American sparrow that spends it’s summers mainly in Canada and winters in the mid to southern United States and Mexico. Larger than the House Sparrow, it can usually be found scratching around on the ground for seeds.

I took this photo Halloween weekend, the same weekend he arrived last year. I sometimes wonder if the same birds visit every year.

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Cross-posted on Under My Apple Tree.

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Birds, birds everywhere at Cantigny Gardens last weekend. This Cedar tree was filled with about 50 Waxwings. This is a fairly common bird but you’ll only see them if you look up. They like to travel in flocks and can be seen eating berries in fruit trees or catching insects in mid-air.

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Photo taken in LadyMin’s Garden.

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Photos taken at Brookfield Zoo.

These birds were very approachable. They have the run of the grounds and don’t mind the visitors. The mom and baby popped out of the bushes and posed for a picture. They dove back in when a flock of geese landed nearby. The male was on the other side of the zoo nibbling grass and watching people.

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Downy Woodpecker-Juvenile

There are a lot of woodpeckers in my yard this year. Dad woodpecker brought his three young ones to eat at the suet feeder last week. This little one was nice enough to pose for a picture.

You can tell this is a juvenile by the red cap on the top of the head. Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head and females have no red.

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Fishhook Cactus

H. setispinus hamatus

This is my favorite cactus. It’s the first one I got years and years ago. If it’s hot and sunny it will bloom all summer long.

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Photo taken in my yard.

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Barn Swallow Nestlings

Barn Swallow nestlings waiting for a food delivery

Barn Swallows

Female Barn Swallow brings food for the nestlings

Barn Swallows

Another food delivery for the little Barn Swallows

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