I got a few strange looks when I said I planned to plow a path through my backyard snow drifts, in case we were unable to walk elsewhere during the pandemic. OK, perhaps this was a bit crazy, but my ulterior motive was to aid in the spring time snow melt, as well as allow me to get to places in the yard without struggling through the snow drifts.
Well, this “Loonie Toons” path has actually already paid dividends. It allowed me to get some shots of the recent Pink Super Moon and today, I did a bit of backyard birding. And if you believe my only excuse was to open up the back yard sooner, this photo take 2 days later would seem to support that theory.
Our yard and in fact, the entire city for that matter has a plague of crows right now, so we are very happy when the prettier and better voiced birds come around. Today, we had a visit from the Pileated Woodpecker, the 2nd largest (16-19 inches long with a wing span between 26 and 30 inches) woodpecker native to North America. Busy with something else, I missed his time in my yard, but was able to capture some shots when he moved to the neighbour’s bird feeder and tree.
Truly an impressive specimen, he hung around for awhile, pecking and calling (sounding similar to a Kookaburra, strangely enough) before the crows and blue jays drove him away.
What a sight. I also captured some Black-capped Chickadee and sparrows.