Red-headed Woodpeckers

These woodpeckers, scientific name Melanerpes erythrocephalus, are distinct and very recognizable.  As the name suggests they have red heads, they are bright red on both the male and female adults. Juveniles heads are a more mottle brown gray with only a hint of red.  They are still recognizable by their wing patterns even as juveniles.  They have … Continue reading Red-headed Woodpeckers



  These brilliantly beautiful birds are easy to identify, especially the males.  They are red all over and it's very common to see them at feeders, they are hardly shy and especially appreciate sunflower seeds.  Females are mostly brown but have  red-orange coloring along the edges of their wings tips of their tales and in … Continue reading Cardinals


Christmas is coming and an interesting tradition attached is that of mistletoe.  Ironically, mistletoe is a hemiparasite, meaning partially parasitic.  It can still photosynthesize but usually takes resources from other plants, mainly hardwood trees.  It grows roots into the the branches of the trees leeching water and nutrients from its hosts.  Occasionally from far away … Continue reading Mistletoe


Bees are extremely complex and interesting creatures.  They are also very important, because bees fill the role as one of the most common pollinators. I hope to add more segments on bees in the future because there are more than 20,000 known species!  But for this post I'll share some of the facts about bees that I find … Continue reading Bees