Thought I’d share a few photos of some recent visitors to my home. Today was the first day I have been able to capture on camera the ever-elusive Pileated Woodpecker, one of the largest woodpeckers, not only in North America, but also the world. I hear their calls from the woods quite regularly, but they don’t usually show their face. When they do, I never seem to have my camera ready. I had it today, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ruby-throated hummingbirds that have been coming around lately. As I was watching my feeders, I heard some noise coming from up in one of our wild black cherry trees. There were several birds eating the ripe fruit…including one very large male Pileated Woodpecker.
I was able to also capture a couple shots of a hummingbird as well. It was a good morning, even if I couldn’t get very clear shots with my excited hands shaking.
I added some pics of some wriggly visitors as well. Not everyone likes them but I find them fascinating.
Pileated Woodpecker amongst the cherries. The red streak on the cheek is how it was identified as a male. Females have either a black or gray streak instead of the red. They are otherwise nearly identical.
Same bird on a different tree
You can really see that bright red crest from this angle
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Only the males have the ruby coloring, but it is still a pretty little bird.
Hovering on the back side of the feeder. Not a good shot at all, but hey, it’s still a hummingbird.
Pests in the garden. Two (out of several that I found) Tobacco Hornworms that have been feasting on our tomatoes. They are similar to Tomato Hornworms, but the white pattern on the body is noticeably different. Though quite destructive to tomato plants, these are some nice-looking caterpillars…well, as much as caterpillars can be considered nice-looking. They are quite large (up to 5 inches) and turn into some equally large and nice-looking Carolina Sphinx moths.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar
Closeup of one of the “eyespots” complete with eyebrow. 🙂