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Archive for March 12, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

OPPORTUNISTIC HAIRY WOODPECKER

I was out attempting to snowshoe/hike this week when I heard the distinct tapping of a woodpecker. The sound was very substantial, so I had my hopes up for a pileated, but it turned out to be a hairy woodpecker, taking advantage of a golden opportunity. The wind had knocked off a major sugar maple branch, affording the woodpecker access to the inside of the tree without having to expend much energy. After extracting his fill of insects, and perhaps having a little of the sweet sap that was flowing for dessert, he flew off.