Red-capped visitor


A visitor wearing a red cap arrived through the air this morning and then hung around eating snacks. It all seemed to fit the legends of the day.

The red-capped visitor was a female Pileated Woodpecker and the snacks were rowan berries.


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13 Responses to Red-capped visitor

  1. Helen says:

    Merry Christmas, Alistair!! How good of a red capped bird to show up on Christmas morning!

  2. B. says:

    That was perfect. Cheered me up no end.

  3. Della C. Fenkner says:

    What a lovely gift from the Creator.

  4. Ed Mannings says:

    Santa sent you a very pretty little elf 🙂

  5. Tom Johnston says:

    An excellent image to suit the occasion. I’m surprised how well the red cap and the rowan berries match. Thank you Alistair.

  6. pamella Wik says:

    I’m not so sure, Alistair. Looks a little too much Santa, a little too little bird. What have you done?

  7. Grace Devaux says:

    Thank you for an year of lovely photos Alistair. Always look forward to what interesting insights and images you will share with us next. Best wishes for 2021!

  8. Trismegistus says:

    I had to look up what a red-cap is since it is not a bird with which I am familiar. It is painfully true that the red cap is one of the scourges of the past few years not seen in plain sight before.

  9. Christine Boyd says:

    That’s a pretty picture. I had a new visitor to my bird feeder. Medium shade of red – head and front of body. Wings were black with at least one white stripe. Not a big bird but I think bigger than a sparrow. He didn’t stay, something startled him away. I hope he returns.

  10. Happy Boxing Day, Alistair.

    Since I can’t hit “like” each time I appreciate a picture, consider this comment a big clump of Likes for all the pictures for the past year.

    Stay well.

    • Alistair says:

      Susan, thank you for that kind assessment. Incidentally, mine was a conscious decision to not have a like button or a share button. The simple reason is that such buttons are deceptive. Their primary function is actually to track your behaviour so as to build up a profile on you to enable marketers to sell you stuff. I will not subject my visitors to this bad corporate behaviour.

  11. Irene McIlwaine says:

    Just found your handsome woodpecker. Many thanks and all Best Wishes to you both for 2021

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