I headed to the trail with my phone in my pocket so I could take more shots like the one below. This GBH was not at all nervous about all the people and dogs on the greenbelt today.
I kept walking and got good views of some sapsuckers but they were flitting about, chasing each other so no photos of them today. I'm glad to see they didn't abandon the greenbelt but just moved down the trail a bit to an area where there's more bird cover.
Since the pier is flooded right now, I instead headed for the trail that goes up the middle of the blueberry fields. At the bend, there's a very tall snag that has been used multiple times as a nesting site by woodpeckers. This morning, there was a flicker busy excavating a new hole. He was also tolerant of me being on the trail so I got some nice shots of him going in and out of the hole.
|Flicker making new hole|
Unfortunately, my camera phone doesn't get enough detail on its own and I didn't bring the zoom lens for it. So, no fabulous closeup for the flicker. But you can see the holes above where the flicker is working. They tend to start at the top and work down as that's how the snag dries out.
And here's a shot showing how much more stump there is to be used. I would estimate the flicker is about 30 feet up. So this snag will be a woodpecker nesting site for years to come. Also chickadees if I'm remembering things my expert birder friends have said about reuse of woodpecker holes by other birds.
|Lots more room in the neighborhood|
Definitely looking forward to getting out there with my camera real soon!