Grabbing my camera and monopod, I went into the backyard, which is close to a small pond. I soon spotted the Kingfisher and lucky me it landed nearby on my neighbor's Purple Martin house.
The Belted Kingfisher announces its presence with that high-pitched call but it's been my experience that seeing it and getting decent pictures of it are two different matters.
Definitely a cool and successful encounter!
I had noticed a prolonged pecking sound the day before and figured it was a Downy Woodpecker or the Red-bellied Woodpecker, both common visitors to my backyard feeders.
It suddenly hit me: I bet it's the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I knew exactly where to look because, for several years now, this bird (maybe the exact same bird, maybe not) has come to a certain tree in the outer part of my yard.
So I got my camera (no monopod this time) and was able to take several photographs of the Sapsucker in action, putting yet more holes into that tree. I wish I could say the type of tree. I should know it. When I find out, I'll add that to this post.
Bark Butter (pictured) from Wild Birds Unlimited in Mt. Pleasant.
This Downy Woodpecker was feeding on some of my other goodies. I was thrilled to get such a sharp shot of this small and beautiful woodpecker.
Not sure why the green is so prevalent in this shot, but I like the contrast with the red bird.
I really like the branch and the leaves and the whole setting really, plus my image of the bird is sharp and its head is turned just right to make such a nice photograph.
whatbird.com to post these photos so I can get a positive ID. I'll share that when I get that!
As always, whatbird.com's bird identification forum came through for me. This is an Eastern Phoebe. One response to my post said the bird's dark head and little or no eye ring are good field marks.
I'll leave you with this: Bird on the left (Eastern Phoebe) to the bird on the right: "My you're looking stiff today. Do you feel OK?" Any other caption ideas?
Thanks for reading!