Tulips, Muscari, and Red-Bellied Woodpecker Male…

Hello again! When I was mowing Friday afternoon I saw the red tulips in front of the old foundation were flowering. Dad said he didn’t plant them and I don’t think I did in the 1980’s. So, apparently, they have been here since grandma planted them. The last photos I took of them was on April 10, 2015. There used to be a good-sized tulip bed in the middle of the front yard. When I lived here in the early 1980’s I decided to dig the tulips up and move them along the fence next to the garden where I had planted other tulips. Although I did manage to dig some of them out, a lot of them were way to deep to even find. To this day, there are tulips coming up in the front yard. I would like to know how deep the bulbs are for the ones in the above photo so maybe I will check once they go dormant.

 

We have a lot of Grape Hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) in both yards and some in the ditch. They have had a lot of difficulty growing and flowering this spring for some reason. There are several nice sized colonies and hundreds of stragglers I try to mow around the best I can. Even if I mow them off, it seems they are flowering again within a few days.

The woodpecker has really been loud lately in “the other yard”. Hmmm… If I am in “the other yard” taking photos, is it actually the other yard if I am standing in it? 🙂 A few days ago I was out by the shade beds and a Downy Woodpecker was up and down making its noise. You know, that strange “nasal” Roadrunner beep-beep. Once in a while, there was the louder call like the Red-Bellied Woodpecker but the only I woodpecker I could see was the Downey… I told him, “MAN, you sure are loud for a little guy.” Then I realized the Downy was not making the call and I think it was a female. I didn’t have my camera with me and I still don’t have a photo of the Downey Woodpecker male or female. There is also a pair by the hayfield about 1/4 of the way up the lane.

So, on Friday while I was a photo of the tulips, the woodpecker was at it as usual. He was really carrying on! I went out to the tree next to the shade bed and I could not see him anywhere. I knew where the sound was coming from, but there was no woodpecker… I walked around to the other side and looked up into the tree and got a glimpse of something red. I turned on the camera and zoomed in…

 

He said, “Here I am human!” It was the Red-Bellied male! IN A HOLE! He is calling out to the female but she was nowhere around. The only other woodpecker was a Downy female in the same tree. I told this guy I thought she liked him.

 

He gave me a puzzled look and said he already knew his female was nearby but she was playing hard-to-get. Well, a few posts ago, I did share a photo of the female in question… So, we both know she is around somewhere.

Now, if I could just get the Downy Woodpeckers to sit still…

Well, that’s it for this post and on to the next one. I am also about ready for the yard tour. 🙂 As always, stay positive, be safe, be well and GET DIRTY!

6 comments on “Tulips, Muscari, and Red-Bellied Woodpecker Male…

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    That’s a great photo of the woodpecker!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Debbie from surrey uk says:

    Very good woodpecker photo!! Great spot!

    Like

  3. tootlepedal says:

    Lovely pictures of the woodpecker. A really red tulip is hard to beat.

    Liked by 1 person

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