What do you need to do to get a drink around here?

The other morning it was below freezing when I looked out the window and observed a Downy Woodpecker getting a drink. Had snow been on the ground I doubt it would have gone to this much trouble. But then again, who really knows the mind of a woodpecker.

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Downy Woodpecker at frozen bird bath.

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That water is hard!

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Sending some more ice particles flying..

 

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Later that day we explored the area along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto river to see if any new migrating ducks had taken up residence or if a Bald Eagle might be about.

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We did see a Common Merganser, Ruddy Ducks, Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls on the reservoir and an immature Red-tailed Hawk along the river, but alas, no Bald Eagle.

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Red-tailed Hawk along the Scioto

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Common Merganser (a little too far away for a good pic), Griggs Reservoir

 

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My wife continued her quest to discover interesting fungi and lichen.

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Furry white fungi (Schizophyllum commune), (Donna)

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Tree stump, (Donna)

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Lichen, (Donna)

 

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While I managed to get a nice shot of a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Blue Bird even made an appearance.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker, Griggs Park

 

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Blue Bird, Griggs Park

 

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Thanks for looking in.

 

7 Comments on “What do you need to do to get a drink around here?

  1. Your birds are having to break through ice while I’m busy refilling the birdbath because it keeps evaporating in the Australian summer! 🙂 Lovely collection of birds and fungi. Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

  2. The downy chipping the ice is very interesting, I wonder if it thought that there was an insect in the ice, or if it saw its own reflection in the ice? It doesn’t seem like it would go to that trouble for just a drink.

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