Oct 27-15

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2015: October: Oct 27-15
Red-bellied Woodpecker    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bob Gilreath
Grabbing some lunch    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bob Gilreath
Swan family    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Laurie Bashaw
Gliding along    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Laurie Bashaw

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:03 am:

When Bob Gilreath spotted this woodpecker on his feeder in Hubbell, he wasn't sure what kind it was, so he checked with a birding friend, who identified it as a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Looking at a range map for this bird, it normally doesn't reside this far north, so that explains why Bob was unfamiliar with it. It's somewhat similar to the Hairy Woodpecker, in size especially, but the red head gives them away.

The bottom two photos were snapped at Deer Lake in the Ishpeming area, by Laurie Bashaw. She said she thinks this is a mating pair of Trumpeter Swans with their cygnets and I tend to agree with her on that, since four of them seem to be grayer colored than the other two, indicating young or immature birds. I'm not certain how long the young ones stay in the company of their parents, but it looks like this group is still learning the ropes with Mom and Dad.

FOOTNOTE: Yesterday's shots from Brenda Leigh had some beautiful colors from the eastern U.P. If you missed them, just click here: Monday, October 26th, to take a look at them!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:14 am:

I just love any kind of bird pictures. Thanks!!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:19 am:

When those Woodpeckers come to my feeders the other birds take off. They must be bullies. The swans are so peaceful swimming about.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:21 am:

That sounds like it could be an insult...... "you red-bellied woodpecker!" :P

We have a lot of those around here in SE TX, usually in an epic battle with the squirrels over who gets to forage in the trees. I have also heard that these birds are very beneficial in areas that have been hit hard by the emerald ash borer as the larvae is one of their favourite treats.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:36 am:

I've known a few feisty redheads.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:41 am:

Alex & Capt...I can't stop laughing!!!!

By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 09:12 am:

I've seen those woodpeckers in Baraga...they are a
beautiful bird! The swans are gorgeous...NICE pics!

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 09:48 am:

I like the woodpeckers plumage. Looks real good.
I didn't realize there were swans making a home at Deer Lake. Thank you Laurie for letting us know. I will have to take a ride out there and see if I can spot them.

By Just me (Jaby) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 11:37 am:

The woodpecker pics are so awesome and interesting.
The swan pics are peaceful. Swans are so graceful

By MrFistyFist (Mrfist) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:04 pm:

Nice pics...as for Swans...I stay away from them...was fishing a lake 1 year ago...got out on shore didn't know/see a Swan nesting in the brush with young...this thing stood up hissing, wings stretched out...was 4 feet away...only time a bird scared me

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:10 pm:

Don't know this to be absolute truth but when we lived in Charlevoix there were 2 swans that hung around Round Lake, and the manager of the condos said all the swans in Michigan descended from a pair that a wealthy MI woman brought over from England many, many years ago.
Love the red-bellied woodpecker but I always thought they were misnamed. Funny place for a 'belly'. ;>

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:24 pm:

Yeah, the red is on the head not the belly. Beautiful woodpecker - love the pattern of the plumage!
Thanks for the laugh Capt. Paul & Alex!! :)

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 01:36 pm:


Since Mute swans are a non-native species, that could be the case in Michigan. The Trumpeters are the native species which are being re-introduced; obviously this pair is doing their part! Mary, i think that's right..... this is a family group with the 4 cygnets being grayer than the parents.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 01:40 pm:

Yeah, Jbuck, we saw lots of Trumpeter swans in WY.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 03:24 pm:

Lovely bird pictures.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 03:47 pm:

LOL!! Janie, I just saw your profile pic.:-D

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 07:37 pm:

JT...plain or peanut, or just plain nuts? :-)
You must be in charge of escort duty this Halloween...I've pulled a few of those myself with nieces & nephews, godson...you name it. The things I wouldn't do for a mini-Snickers.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:14 pm:

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are so named because there
was already a Red-headed Woodpecker, and there
truly is a wash of red on the Red-bellied
Woodpecker's belly. It's sometimes seen when they
visit feeders -- it's behind the sunflower seeds
in the second picture.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:46 pm:

If she's carrying plain, I'll take a dozen bags ~ I love M&Ms!;9

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 08:42 am:

More like the Almond Joy/Mounds jingle, "sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't"

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