Saturday, May 12, 2007

all the way up..den ganzen Weg nach oben..

I really tried to catch the bird, but it flew away...
Ich versuchte den Vogel zu fangen, aber er flog davon ...

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a new visitor to our Somerdale Square backyards

Red-headed Woodpecker
Interesting Facts
The Red-headed Woodpecker forages for food rather than excavate holes to find insects.
It is the
only woodpecker that covers its cache of food with bark or wood.
Grasshoppers are stored alive, wedged so tightly in a crevice escape is impossible.
Once common in the Northeast, their numbers have declined from competition with European Starlings for nest sites.

Range and Habitat
Red-headed Woodpecker: Breeds from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec south to Florida and the Gulf coast;
scarce in northeastern states. Spends winters in southern part of breeding range.
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Friday, May 11, 2007

Red-headed Woodpecker

We have exciting news ...a very rare new bird arrived in our backyards.

The Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus

is a small or medium-sized woodpecker.
Adults have a black back and tail with a red head and neck.
Their underparts are mainly white. The wings are black with white secondaries.
Non-birders often mistakenly identify the Red-bellied Woodpecker as this species.
Their breeding habitat is open country across southern Canada and the eastern-central United States.
They nest in a cavity in a dead tree or a dead part of a tree.
Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range; southern birds are often permanent residents.
These birds fly to catch insects in the air or on the ground, forage on trees or gather and store nuts.
They are omnivorous, eating insects, seeds, fruits, berries and nuts.
Once abundant, populations have seriously declined since 1966 due to increased nesting competition from starlings and removal of dead trees (used as nesting sites) from woodlands.
The red-headed woodpecker is listed as a vulnerable species in Canada and as a threatened species in some states in the US. The species has declined in numbers due to habitat loss caused by harvesting of snags, agricultural development, channeling of rivers, a decline in farming resulting to regeneration of eastern forests, monoculture crops, the loss of small orchards, and treatment of telephone poles with creosote.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

it is ... a water fountain, es ist eine Teichfontäne

Thank you for your comments:-)

..vielen Dank für die Kommentare:-)

Die Gartenzwerge waren ein Geschenk..
I've received the gnomes as a present. (made in Germany)
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