Raindrops Are Falling On The Reds

What does any (in)sane person do when the temperature drops 30 degrees and a misty drizzle is dripping from the skies?  Why fill the feeders and head out with the camera, of course!

Now, I should clarify that this wasn’t what I had in mind for my afternoon plans.  A good book and a cup of coffee was what I had foreseen my immediate future to hold, but when I looked outside and saw the Red-headed Woodpecker huddled against the Dogwood under the damp leaves, I knew my plans had been changed.

Unlike many of my backyard birds, this handsome Red-headed fellow is still getting used to my presence, so as I was replenishing the seed, he flew off to the outskirts of the yard to keep an eye on me.

Meanwhile, a handful of other birds sporting red feathers showed up for some sustenance, so I decided to let them have the spotlight in this post.

A pair of Cardinals, both the he and the she, stopped by…

as did two other Woodpeckers – a male Red-bellied and a male Downy, who has a small patch of red on the back of his head.

A Red-winged Blackbird also dropped in, but only stayed a second and gave but the slightest glimpse of his red wing bar.

Bunches of rain-drenched Blue Jays also made an appearance.

They begged to be included in the post, but since they didn’t fit the title, we shall ignore their pleading and promise to let them shine another time.

As I stood huddled against the house, snapping pictures and trying to stay as dry as possible, the Red-headed Woodpecker skitted (I’m pretty sure that’s a made up word! – a combo of skirted and flitted, but I like it so I’m keeping it!) from tree to tree, continuing to watch me and wait, while I continued to watch him and wait.  I was determined to not take my shivering self back inside until he braved coming closer.

Eventually, he acquiesced and flew over to the Bark Butter branch…

…and then hopped to the deck rail to take a peek at the peanuts.

He must have decided that I was a kindred spirit (aka – a birdbrain) as he opted to come closer and humored me by striking a couple of awkwardly regal poses.

Then he snared a peanut and flew off.

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon spent watching the raindrops falling on the reds!

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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32 Responses to Raindrops Are Falling On The Reds

  1. Sheila Moss says:

    Great photos. I thought birds found shelter and hid during rain, but I suppose they must eat regardless. The reds sure do brighten up a dreary day.

  2. Wonderful photos and descriptions of the birds.

  3. SauceBox says:

    Good stuff! Rain is awesome sometimes. You’ve got my follow. Check out my comedy blog and give it a follow if you like it!

  4. neihtn2012 says:

    That Red-headed Woodpecker is a stunner!

  5. jmcheney says:

    Pluck & Spunk, You & the Birds! Thanks you for the beautiful photos.

  6. Amazing what color can do to a drizzly day!

  7. pamkirst2014 says:

    As a redhead from birth, I appreciate these shots. And as an English teacher, I appreciate “skitted’!!!

  8. You captured some gorgeous shots Kathy!

  9. Snehal Kank says:

    As I always say I love your photographs and enjoy the description along 😀

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Love the “redheads!” Great photos, Kathy! ❤❤❤

  11. lisakunk says:

    Absolutely worth changing you plans. Gorgeous birds. Great pics.

  12. Beautiful bird friends!

  13. lulu says:

    I see you spend a lot of time photoing birds, and I know how many shots it takes to get that just right one!

  14. Jodi says:

    i never tire of seeing that beautiful red headed woodpecker! We have so many woodpeckers come to our backyard, but none as beautiful as this one! And doesn’t it seem the birds like the rain?!

  15. Sue says:

    Now that is my kind of birding. Mighty handsome Red-heads!!

  16. Tiny says:

    Gorgeous shots of these “reds”! I would gladly spend an afternoon in rain, sleet or snow if I had these colorful visitors in my backyard 😊

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