In a previous post, I had shown photos of a Downy Woodpecker raising a young bird. Unfortunately, the birds were quite distant and difficult to photograph.
Then, in early July, I managed to get a close-up portrait of this male. Woodpeckers are not very shy and are usually very busy examining tree branches and bark for tidbits. By their loud knocking and hammering they attract attention from far away.
Mockingbirds, native to North America, are known for imitating sounds foreign to their species and incorporating them into their song. The catbird gets its name from the fact that it also has cat sounds in its repertoire.
In North America, the American Robin is what the blackbird is in Europe. It has a similar appearance, similar behavior, is just as common and omnipresent and occupies the same niche as the blackbird. Here it is called “American Robin”. However, it is not closely related to the European robin.
An impressive appearance is this raven in the desert of Arizona. Of course he knows exactly where the tourists stop and where there might be something to get hold of. They can even memorize the cars of generous tourists and follow them on their round through the national park.
The probably most striking bird in North America is the Northern Cardinal with its bright red plumage. The female is much simpler and more inconspicuously colored but quite attractive. When I photographed the two in our garden, they all had beaks full of work to raise the offspring.
The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America and grows to about the size of a sparrow. It gets its name from the fluffy white downs on its back.
I was watching this male in the trees on a neighboring property and was trying to take a picture of him among all the branches, twigs and leaves when suddenly a young woodpecker appeared, fed by the adult bird.
The pictures with the young bird are unfortunately not as good as I would like them to be, but at least they have documentary value.