I never intended to be,
but I think it comes with retirement.
One has the time in the morning and throughout the day
sometimes to actually watch and listen to what is going on in the backyard--
always a place of wonder.
Our latest find is this Pileated Woodpecker. We have various sizes/kinds of woodpeckers all the time throughout the winter, but this is the first time we have had one this size. It's the size of a crow and can weigh up to 12 oz. They peck their way into dead tree bark to create nests for their eggs.
We usually don't feed the woodpeckers after the days warm up because the suet melts all over the ground and deck, but I think we will continue feeding farther into the warmer days just to continue to enjoy this proud fellow with the bright red mohawk and an equally red streak across his cheek!!