I love birds – listening to them, watching them, photographing them. This fall I have been noticing little juncos on the lawn underneath the pine trees harvesting whatever it is they eat. Then there are the cheerful songs of chick-a-dees and other birds I hear as I sit four floors up on my balcony, looking out over the green space. My favorite places to live have always been those places where birds were plentiful. I used to love filling bird feeders and watching feathered friends partaking of my offerings before flying off. Here in this apartment building I have been denied that pleasure. There is simply nowhere to hang a bird feeder. Still, I hoped to entice my winged friends with one of those little wire boxes into which I’d inserted a suet block. It’s been attached to the railing of the balcony for months with never a sign that the birds were even aware it was there. Until last week when a little woodpecker visited. I’d hoped for song birds, but I was delighted when this little fellow alighted and proceeded to eat away at the suet/seed block. Small things such as this truly delight me.

When a woodpecker visits and proves they do not live on wood alone ๐Ÿ™‚

Whatever is happening in your life, wherever you may live, I hope you recognize the small blessings. I hope they make you smile. I hope they lighten your heart and make you grateful for this gift called life. Until next time, Cheers my friends.

22 thoughts on “A precious gift: when a woodpecker visited

    1. I am not sure, Ruth, I was so excited to capture his image I didn’t look carefully. There have been more birds here than usual this year. Usually we have four or five species but I am far from an expert – there may well have been more. I imagine they’ll all be migrating very soon. Then you may see more.

      1. Oddly there seems to be more species than ever visiting Newfoundland where a friend of mine is an avid bird watcher. She has captured such beautiful photos of more birds than I can count. I suspect climate change is behind it all.

  1. I love this post, Carol. We feel the same way about birds and have discussed whether we could attract anything but pigeons when we move to an apartment in 12-18 monthsโ€™ time. You have given me hope! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. Oddly my daughter was in an apt. building downtown and saw many more birds than I do. And I chose this place because of the green space behind the building. She not only had pigeons visiting but songbirds and even captured a photo of an owl one night – who knew? LOL

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Carol. I’m glad you were able to take a photo of the little visitor.
    Blessings are everywhere. May God continue to allow us to be aware of them. ๐Ÿค—

  3. Love your post. Hey! The Woodpecker thinks he’s a BIG thing in life ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding . . . . I’m just always trying to remind myself it’s all in each of our perspectives!

  4. I love your little woodpecker, Carol! Those suet blocks last about one day here and I keep a feeder full of sunflower seeds. We have crows and BlueJays stealing the peanuts that we put out for the squirrels and now the sparrows and other little birds are going after them. It’s getting to be a full time job feeding these critters.

    1. He was a welcome sight, for sure. It was always such a pleasure to watch birds at the feeder and I remember one place where it was nearly a full time job keeping it filled.

      1. We have a huge spruce tree in our yard. It seems to attract everything the flies or scampers. But so much fun. We had our grandson Dominic lately and he was so excited about our birds and squirrels. They were really good about hanging around him too – even when he talked to them.

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