Some of my favorite shots are the bare trees highlighted with the sun in the background. I especially like this one as you can see the half of the sun as it sets.
Most birds just jump in the water and splash around to clean their feathers. Not this woodpecker. His behavior I assume is due to his characteristics of being a climbing bird instead of a perching bird. He backed down slowly and cautiously into the water while holding on to the rock.
Below: He sticks his tail feathers in the water and splashes water on himself without letting go of the rock.
After doing that several times he climbs back up to the top ledge where he sits for a moment drying off. I have never seen a woodpecker just sitting horizontally not clinging to the side of a tree.
Sometimes we overlook the colorful birds that call Tennessee home. The Blue jay is a year long resident. The females and males look identical unlike many other bird species. There are many interesting things about the Blue jay. Here are a few. They hide nuts just like squirrels for later. They are mimic birds meaning they can vocalize many of the things they hear even human speech. I hear them mimicking hawks and it is impossible to tell the difference. They fly in the trees above my bird feeders then proceed to mimic a Red-tailed hawk. Concurrently this makes all the other birds fly away and they have the food all to themselves. They do the same when they want to take a bath in our fountains.
If you ever see a fox and wonder if it’s a Red Fox or a Gray Fox here is how to know. Red foxes do turn gray in the winter however a Red Fox has a white tip on the tail. A Gray Fox has a black tip on their tail. One interesting fact about the Gray Fox is they can climb trees just like cats where the Red Fox is earth bound.
Walking upstairs in my house headed to take a shower and saw this. You think he was trying to communicate with me or just hanging out. Actually I know and it was neither. He had a meal on his mind. About 30 feet away is a bird feeder occupying apparently unknowing Chickadee’s and Cardinals. I say unknowing because there is normally tons of communication around when a hawk shows up. Resulting in an bird feeder full of food but no one dining.This guy is good! Watch out birds!