Friday, June 20, 2008

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers

Felix has discovered a nesting pair of red-bellied woodpeckers hard at work just below the deck. They're spending their days on the top of a dead pine tree, excavating a very large nest.


Fortunately the birds are doing all this work right where we can see them. Amazing looking at them through Felix's spotting scope--red-bellied woodpeckers are very large, with bright red heads and beautiful dark speckled bodies. We can see them bring pine pulp out of the hole in their bills. After several digs they groom the sawdust off, then get back to work.


Felix is documenting all of this in his field journal. I love his elegantly-recorded visuals and his tiny, tiny notes.

12 comments:

Rebekah said...

What a well-kept field journal! You deserve to be proud.

Davene said...

I'm almost at the end of David Kline's "Great Possessions," and every time I read it, I think of Felix.

Have I mentioned David Kline's books to you to pass the recommendation on to Felix? I simply cannot remember if I have or not. David Kline is an Amish farmer who is incredibly well-versed and gifted at noticing and describing wildlife. I read his second book, Scratching the Woodchuck, first...and found it extremely interesting and refreshing. And like I said, it always reminds me of Felix.

If I have already left a comment about this author, please forgive me! I wish I could remember who I say what to and which blogs I leave certain comments on! :)

The mom, the robot, and the dancer said...

What a beautiful journal. Looks like many long hours observing, and recording there and it will be such a treasure! We are just beginning our little journals and I hope they can come to this someday! Precious!

momawake said...

Will you post pictures of the birds?

Tracy said...

And I love that second photo!

haven said...

What a beautiful field journal!

Linda said...

I'm so impressed with his beautifully kept journal. It really is fascinating to watch those amazing little creatures!

TNS said...

It's great to read about and see his passion. Love his journal.

Mrs. Rabe said...

We had a young red crested woodpecker land on our deck rail last week while we were eating dinner. It was very cool.

I love Felix's field journal.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful journal!

Laura said...

Fabulous drawings and what a great hobby.

Tabitha Dillehay said...

The journal looks great! It makes me want to pick up his hobby. Great work, Felix!

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