Hairy woodpeckers don't migrate from here, so you'll keep seeing them through winter. Often confused with the smaller Downy woodpeckers, Hairy woodpeckers have a longer beak, about the same length as their head, and spend more time on trunks while Downy woodpeckers have a beak about half the length of their head and spend more time on branches.
A pair of Plumed Whistling Ducks in my own front yard. -
Their genus name Dendrocygna means tree swan, named for their slender necks and tendancy to perch in trees. -
They are one of the most beautiful birds we get locally for sure. Their fingerlike feathers are so unique among Australian Ducks. -
Some serious nature happened in the backyard this morning. A Steller's jay fighting for its life against (I think) a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk. The jay eventually got the upper hand and escaped. Both birds seemed a little ragged but unharmed. #Birds