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Old Oct 11, 2009, 9:08 PM   #1
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Woody Lewis Is Stashing Food

Finally I took a few hours and went looking for birds or any other kind of wildlife I could find. I think I was testing myself to see If I still could find something. I haven't been out looking for wildlife since June. Last year was the first year anybody could remember that a Lewis Woodpecker spent the winter and today I was watching him stash food in the same tree he used last year so it looks like I will have Woody for another winter.

I only have another week of the trains season and then of course some scouting for elk but I am taking a few days off to meet a couple of friends at the Bosque the 1st of November so I figured I better get in a little practice.












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Old Oct 11, 2009, 9:45 PM   #2
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These are great shots of a bird I've never seen. Much thanks for such a dramatic introduction!

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Amazing detail. After 63 years that bird is a first for me. Thanks.
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Thanks for the nice words Dave and for looking.
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Amazing detail. After 63 years that bird is a first for me. Thanks.

I am glad I got to post your first Lewis.
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Roger, I remember your Lewis Woodpecker pictures from last year - not a commonly photographed bird, so it is a good one to start this year with - welcome back - your excellent photos have been missed these last few months.

These are interesting birds, related both to Red-headed Woodpeckers of the East and Acorn Woodpeckers of the West. Interestingly enough, they share habits of both -- hawking insects in the air like the Red Heads and storing acorns in the bark of trees like the Acorn Woodpeckers (except they shell them first!). So watch and see what they are doing on the tree trunks - maybe you can catch one storing acorns! The Acorn Woodpeckers hammer their acorns into holes they have made that are slightly smaller, so that the acorn will stay put and can't be stolen by squirrels, Jays, or Nutcrackers, but it would be interesting to see how the Lewis do it without a shell to pound on.
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Beautiful series Roger. Nice to see you posting again, I remember your postings from the Pana FZ30 forum, you've come long way since then.
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The Lewis is a first for me as well. Thanks for posting such excellent shots.
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Roger, I remember your Lewis Woodpecker pictures from last year - not a commonly photographed bird, so it is a good one to start this year with - welcome back - your excellent photos have been missed these last few months.

These are interesting birds, related both to Red-headed Woodpeckers of the East and Acorn Woodpeckers of the West. Interestingly enough, they share habits of both -- hawking insects in the air like the Red Heads and storing acorns in the bark of trees like the Acorn Woodpeckers (except they shell them first!). So watch and see what they are doing on the tree trunks - maybe you can catch one storing acorns! The Acorn Woodpeckers hammer their acorns into holes they have made that are slightly smaller, so that the acorn will stay put and can't be stolen by squirrels, Jays, or Nutcrackers, but it would be interesting to see how the Lewis do it without a shell to pound on.
I have taken some shots of him stashing food in the tree, yes he taps it in and what ever it is no shell as far as i can tell. Next time I will keep one of him hiding his food and post it.

thank you for the kind words about my photos.
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Beautiful series Roger. Nice to see you posting again, I remember your postings from the Pana FZ30 forum, you've come long way since then.
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