This one won't faze a power birder, but I do get extremely interested when I find a Hairy Woodpecker at our feeders. These jumbo-sized Downy-like woodpeckers (Picoides villosus) are best distinguished by their Cyrano-length bill. Consquently they're often confused with the smaller bird. So far so good. And they are reasonably common throughout North America but it is my experience that they're many degrees more elusive and don't seem to be regulars at the suet feeders at any season of the year. And once I see one, it may be weeks or months before the next encounter. It was a good day for woodpeckers!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!