Zenfolio | Photography by Dan Quinn | 4/30/2017 Woodpecker Aerobatics, Feasting on Termites -- and More
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A spring morning full of adventure. Several birds: mourning doves, western bluebirds, wild turkeys -- and another instance of acorn woodpeckers going wild over an eruption of termites. Yes, these woodpeckers care about more than acorns. Even a lone egg, resting in the grass: perhaps we frightened its roosting mother?

A Pacific chorus frog, active during the day, tried to stay motionless as I maneuvered my camera to focus on it, hiding deep in the grass.

I also captured several nice images of flowers, dew, and insects today. These are in the group "Adventures on a Smaller Scale".

For other days with similar adventures, look in this group, "A Day at a Time", for the following:

9/22/13 Woodpecker Aerobatics, Feasting on Termites. Quite a different location, same behavior, not quite as frenzied.

5/25/10 Mourning Dove Nest and More Birding -- two eggs this time. And the bird exploded from the grass when I was less than two meters away -- startling! Very close to the same place as this time, a month later, drier grass.
Welcome to Escobar GateMale Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)Springtime PanoramaThistleValley Oak (Quercus lobata) with MistletoeMourning Dove on MistletoeMourning Dove on MistletoeWinding Road, Valley OaksView from a Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)Two Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata) on Road FSpringtime Panorama (2)Springtime Panorama (3)Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) on RidgeValley Oak (Quercus lobata) with Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) with Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) (2)Lush Grassland with EggEgg on the GroundEgg on the GroundBlue Oak (Quercus douglasii) (?)Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) with Two Other Oaks and Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)