Saturday afternoon my wife and I were sitting on our back patio when we noticed this bird in one of our trees. It was quite a ways away and I was only able to get this photo of the back of his head. INaturalist gives a tentative ID as a Red-bellied Woodpecker. I had never heard of such a thing. Any help would be much appreciated.
Saturday was Monarchs on the Mountain on Turkey Mountain. A festival honoring butterflies and nature in general. I didn’t see any Monarchs but this giant caterpillar made an appearance. I was working a booth for the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition so I talked to a few people and I also planted a few new plants in our Monarch Waystation on the Mountain.
I’ve been watering the way station once or twice a week for months and have seen maybe two or three monarchs but a bunch of swallowtails. Those little buggers are shifty and hard to photograph. Lately the fritillaries have been all over the place. They like to hang out on a nearby tree.
Our veterinarian has an office cat. It is used to all the hub bub in the office. It just snoozes away and ignores everybody.
This is from our backyard trailcam earlier this month. A cardinal eating from a feeder.
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That giant caterpillar is pretty cool! 🐛
Fascinating photos as always, Yogi.
Looks like a red-bellied woodpecker to me.
Yes, it is a Red-bellied Woodpeckers. They are great yard birds and they will come to your feeders too.
It is great you are taking care of the butterfly garden, the festival sounds like a fun time.
Sweet kitty photo, love the butterfly and the giant caterpillar. Cool capture of the Cardinal landing on the feeder. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care , have a great day and happy new week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.
Great critters. So many woodpeckers, so many to ID!
The red bellied woodpecker is a neat sighting! They are beautiful birds…so is your Cardinal! What a great photo!
Cool looking woodpecker.
Alan – that’s quite a caterpillar. Do you suppose that it takes a little while for monarchs to register that the waystation is there? Love the sleeping kitty – wish I could sleep through hubbub like that!