Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Another visit from the Hairy Woodpecker

I love this campsite - I'm so close to this tree with the hummingbird feeder, and anything on the lower branches that moves catches my attention.  In the last few minutes I saw a tiny squirrel, the one with the stripes that looks like a chipmunk, run along the lower branch and sit. He had a small Pinyon pine cone in his front paws that he was working with.  It would have been a great photo, but I'm so close that if I move for the camera, I often scare away the critters, and that's what happened.  It's the second time I've seen him there, but he's pretty sensitive to any movement inside the rig and runs away.

Then two Pinyon Jays landed on the same spot.  One was twisting his head quizzically toward the feeder, and I was ready and hoping to get the shot if he tried to feed from it.  But he and his companion jumped up to the higher limbs then flew away.

Anyway, this little guy stayed long enough for me to get some good shots yesterday, and here he is:

Tons of rain still.  I don't know how long the summer monsoons last here because in 2012 I headed north into Colorado and missed most of it, I think.

Look at how the wind is blowing the hummingbird feeder. 

Last night a little after 10 I was in bed listening to the radio, which is right by my pillow.  The rain was so hard on the roof, I turned up the radio all the way and couldn't hear it. I finally turned it off and the noise on the roof made it hard to sleep.  Finally it slowed down.

Raindrops bouncing off the street.  The street was WET and the drops were BIG.

Boy, I'm so glad I don't have any leaks.  This summer has sure been a good leak testing time with all the rain, and it's been blowing from all sides.

Look at the rain pouring down the windows.

I am still enjoying the rain and finding the storms exciting.  I'm sure glad I like rain.

From me and Katie, have a great Tuesday, everyone!  :)


  1. There's a fine line between a gentle, sleep inducing rain and a downpour that won't let you sleep. One is much appreciated.

  2. You need to have a talk with your bird... obviously he doesn't know he isn't a hummingbird. Hoping for some gentle sun for you :)

  3. I'd LOVE to hear that rain and see it washing down our windows! Throw in some lightning and thunder & I'd be in heaven!

  4. Funny woodpecker, I wonder if he was able to get anything from the feeder.

    I love a good rain storm too, as long as I'm warm and dry inside! Hope you stay high and dry.

  5. An oriole feeder uses the sugar nectar and the holes are bigger and it has a bigger platform for larger sized birds. It may be good for these larger birds that are coming around.

  6. A certain amount of rain can be soothing. However, it looks like you got more than the soothing kind.

  7. I'm sure hoping all the rain you're getting is helping out with the drought down that way.

  8. Absolutely love the last photo looking out at the rain. So artistic!

  9. That's some heavy duty rain! I love the sound of rain on the roof, as long as there are no leaks!!

  10. That woodpecker sure worked hard for a sip at the feeder...great story your pictures tell of his efforts.

    Don't like the wind...but I sure do like to sleep when its raining.

  11. So glad for the rain and no leaks! Was just wondering about the mouse situation & saw your tally--so glad you & Katie are ahead 4-nil!! They could be looking for dry places during this rain but it won't be in your rig.

  12. I can generally sleep on nails when I'm in my trailer. I got such a kick out of Katie's videos. She is so funny and so sweet.

    Still can't comment on your blog directly from Feedy. Love the pictures...

  13. The woodpecker needs to give lessons to the hummers. Ha. I am like you I love it when it rains. When we were camping and not full timers I didn't like it as well. It put a damper on our fun.

  14. I love the rain, too. Sometimes when it's raining, I'll go out to the RV just so I can experience that sound. I had to check and see when the monsoon season ends and this is what I found:
    Beginning in 2008, June 15 was established as the first day of monsoon, and September 30 will be the last day.
    Looks like you'd better keep those galoshes on!
    Grace (in Tucson)

  15. I keep earplugs beside the bed for those nights when it's raining so hard that the noise on the RV roof keeps me awake. They help a lot.


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