Many parents and grandparents take young children to see and feed the birds at Lynde Shores near Whitby.
With various short trails it is possible to see a good variety of wildlife.
These creatures, accustomed as they are to being fed, allow a very close approach – perfect for photography.
I know of no other spot where the Red-bellied Woodpecker comes so near.
We saw shoveller ducks circling today at Grenadier pond, we were puzzled until we passed a sign saying they do this to stir up food. There were quite a few!
The hills look gaunt in russet garb:
Against the sky the leafless woods
Are dark, and in their solitudes
The chill wind pierces like a barb. – Clinton Scollard (1833–70)
Thanks for the photos of the woodpeckers. The red feathers on the red bellied woodpecker just seem to sparkle in the sun.