Of the red-capped woodpecker kind,
is happening at The Holler.
Normally intensely shy and skittish,
they have decided it’s time,
to show their best profiles,
and pose for portraits.
I am most happy to oblige,
even though one stuck his tongue out at me.
Cheers to you from your foto-friendly-feathered-friends~
183 thoughts on “Convocation of Cardinals~”
Espetacular e mágico! Congratulations!
Obrigada. Estou feliz que você goste deles! დ
They are gorgeous birds, and you have quite a group of them! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.
Thank you more for your kind appreciation Lynette & cheers to you დ
Stupendous pictures Cindy.
So appreciated David! Thank you & virtual hugs flying back to you დ
Oh my gosh Cindy, these shots are spectacular!
Thank you very much Lynn. I am thrilled they are finally coming close enough to capture დ
I find it hilarious when photographers capture woodpeckers with their tongues sticking out! 😆 Acorn Woodpeckers are very handsome but they’re my least favorite woodpeckers because the holes they drill trigger my trypophobia. I wish I were joking. LOL!
Oh, I’m sorry. This must be very uncomfortable for you. They certainly do drill thousands of holes. დ
I try to avoid looking at their holes (because it makes me queasy) and I am very thankful you didn’t show any holes in your post! 😍
I hear you and am glad I didn’t either.
Your foto-friendly-feathered-friends are most charming!!
They are cute little peckers aren’t they! დ
They certainly are! 🙂
Your photos are absolutely incredible, Cindy. (As always.)
Awww, I am truly touched and honored Kelly that you think so Kelly. Thank you sincerely დ
My pleasure, Cindy. Have a good night.❤️
What wonderful shots of such attractive and appealing birds. Their eyes are mesmerising.
Aren’t they amazing! They have never let me get close to them. And all of a sudden, they are posing for me like models and huddling together in groups! დ
Wonderful captures, Cindy. I love acorn woodpeckers – such distinctive markings!
That are certainly convocating. Beautiful photos, Cindy.
Thank you Timothy დ
Beautiful clicks. It’s always a bliss to see your colourful posts. Thanks for sharing ❣️❣️
Your thoughtful comment makes me happy I posted. Thank you & cheers to you დ
Beautiful photos! We watched some of these while on vacation last year. They were active and entertaining. 🙂
Thank you and they are quite fascinating to watch დ
Wow..just wow..we don’t have these guys. Nice shots of gorgeous birds!
I love that you think they are wow! Thank you & cheers to you დ
You are so talented! You capture their personality too.
Awww, you touched my heart. Thank you Michele for seeing their personalities დ
You are most welcome. Thank you. I imagined a children’s story as I looked at your beautiful photos. 😊
Smiling…….I make stories up to go with them for my two-year old twin grandsons! დ
Twins! Sweet. 💕Also sweet you make up stories for them. 💓
Really cool shots.
Much appreciated Jim დ
Those are wonderful portraits of these birds, Cindy. I’ve heard that different groups of these woodpeckers engage in battles for supremacy when the main breeders in a group pass on and leave a vacancy. Apparently it can be quite dramatic. But they are attractive birds!
Wow. This I didn’t know. Thank you for the factoids. Birds are complicated, intelligent, and they plan and plot, and are gorgeous too! Woodpeckers know where they hide 1000+ acorns. I have to think to find my parking spot დ
That is so interesting. I didn’t know that either! I think the lives of birds are so interesting 🙂 thank you for brightening my day x
Your kind comment brightened my day, so thank you too! დდ
Great captures of this cool birds
Thank you დ
They look so Pope-pular! Beautifully captured as always, my friend!
(๑ Ỡ ◡͐ Ỡ๑)ﾉ♡
Smiling. They definitely seemed Divinely blessed to me დ
Have a blessed day, my friend! ❤️🌈🍷
These are stunning photographs of really beautiful birds. How wonderful that you could get such clear shots of them – so many too!
Thank you Anne. I have no idea why they suddenly decided to hang around so closely, but I am very happy they are here! დ
Glorious photos. We don’t have woodpeckers in Australia, but I did see some Gang-gang cockatoos the other day. The male has a red face.
I have some photos I took of gang-gangs. What stunning birds! დ
Absolutely great fotos!
Grazie mille! დ
Outstanding photos 😊! Love your texts too. They are really imaginative.
Touched by your very thoughtful words. Thank you Sincerely & be well დ
Beautiful birds and wonderful captures 💚
Awww, you make me happy I posted them Kathy. Thank you & cheers to you დ
Looks like they had fun to be in the picture, Cindy. Purrfectly captured and such great birdies. Pawkisses for a wonderful day🐾😽💞
Love you thoughtful comments my friend & cheers flying back to you! დ
Just … fabulous
So kind of you Margaret & so appreciated! დ
Splendid and amusing images and captions
So happy you enjoyed Derrick & thanks for letting me know დ
Merci beaucoup mon ami! დ
Grazie mille Jenanita დ
Anonymous is Derrick
Thank you Derrick დ
Thank you Cindy for these amazing shots, these birds are so lovely and it must be such a treat to see them on The Holler 💜
Thanks so much for your kind comment, and yes, The Holler birdies make me smile everyday! დ
These are so exceedingly pretty birds. It does look like convocation. 🙂
So happy you like them! I <3 people who <3 birds! დ
Your feathered friends always pose wonderfully for you, Cindy. Love the great pictures!
So happy you enjoyed & thank you for letting me know. These beauties were exceptionally talented models!! 😉
Absolutely fantastic pictures again, Cindy. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Truly honored. Thank you very much Pit & cheers my friend დ
You made very fine portraits of the woodpeckers, I’m sure they are happy with you. 😉
Best wishes, dear Cindy, and stay safe!
Smiling. Thank you my friend. You stay safe & well too დ
It’s like they KNOW what you are doing with that camera!
I think birds have an eerie sort of intelligence. Woodpeckers remember where they hide thousands of acorns and move them from hole to hole as they shrink. დ
I did not know this!
Love these woodpeckers. That is when they don’t peck on the antenna on top of our house at 5 am every morning 🙂
Laughing……I know the feeling well!! დ
What amazing and beautiful captures, Cindy. Fabulous post!!
So appreciated Isabel. Thank you & I am happy you enjoyed them დ
It is hard to tell which photo is the most beautiful picture, Cindy. But I love the first two photos of this lovely bird congregation. The two cardinals look like real love birds to me. Best wishes! Peter
Thank you Peter and I agree, the pair looked most congenial to me too! დ
Most definitely one of the best collection of single species photos. Well done, and deserved of all the above compliments!
I am honored by your comments. Thank you very much დ
GREAT photos. We have three kinds of woodpeckers here – Red-bellied, Hairy and Downy. One of the Redbellies likes to peck on our downspout in the morning – it’s like a jackhammer.
How awesome is that! დ
I’ve got two or three different kinds that frequent my feeders. And have also left coded dots of messages in many of my trees!! 😀
Yes, they are sophisticated drillers!! 😉
I don’t know how you do it Cindy, excellent photos.
Awww, thank you Leslie! Much appreciated & cheers to you my friend დ
How wonderful that they came to visit and let you photograph! They and the photos are gorgeous Cindy! I’ve rarely been able to photograph woodpeckers. 😍
Thank you Brad. I still can’t believe they are coming this close! They used to be so shy! დ
It must be your budding bird whisperer talents. 🐦
Fabulous colouring on these birds, beautifully showcased in your stunning photos
Awww, you make me happy I posted them Sheree. Thank you! დ
Always a pleasure Cindy
Honored. Thank you & cheers დ
Grazie mille დ
That is one sweet bird! Hmm, that is one sweet convocation of beautiful birdies!
Thank you dear Cindy!
I think that the Holler qualifies for a UNESCO World Heritage site.
So cute pictures of them together. Such a cute couple (I assumed).
They are a cute couple and I think your assumption is correct! დდ
All your shots are brilliant, Cindy, but I am especially in love with the fourth picture down of the bird in front of a yellow flower. Gorgeous!
Awww, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know & cheers to you! დ
Great shots – when ever I have seen a woodpecker its been one on its own, what great fortune to find so many together!
They are showing up in greater numbers everyday which is wonderful, although I have no idea why! დ
Beautiful shots, and so many together, how awesome! I’ve never seen/photographed an Acorn Woodpecker before, I hope to some day!
They have traditionally been very shy around me so I am thrilled by their change of heart! დ
Lovely birds and lovely photos.
Merci beaucoup ami Marie დ
Such crisp and clear shots! Love the close up
Much appreciated! Thanks much & cheers to you დ
So much fun! Thank you capturing these entertaining birds Cindy 💕
So happy you enjoyed Val & thanks for letting me know! დ
I just saw cardinals and thought, wait, what? Yes the red-capped woodpecker! I have a beautiful shot of one I took a few years ago in Sacramento! You have quite the flock of them, Cindy!
I wish I had cardinals! I have only photographed one and it was in Buenos Aires! დ
Great shots Cindy! Eagles use the same collective noun!
Really!!! I am so impressed you speak eagle!!! 😉 😉 A murder of crows is probably the most bizarre of them all დ
Nope…… A “Pungent” of Sasquatch’s is the most bizarre to me.
Merci beaucoup mon ami Linda დ
Lovely photos. 😀 Birds are my favourite subject.
This is one reason we get along so well! დ
great photos 👍👍 of great birds. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Visa versa 2U2X2!!! დდ
HaHa, these are gorgeous, Cindy! The one with his tongue sticking out looks like he’s pretty intent on something. And you’ve gotta love those red beanies on their heads!
They are most attractively attired aren’t they. Black, white and red is always fashion forward! 😉
Grazie mille დ
I was a trifle confused by the title at first, but you’re right–they do have red caps like catholic cardinals!! Beautiful portraits of these birds, even the one who is sticking out his tongue. Perhaps he needs to write, “I will never stick out my tongue at Cindy again” 100 times!!
Laughing…..He is doing this, but he is pecking it all around my house!!! 😉
Lol, cardinal graffiti!
Smiling. Yess!!! 😉 😉
Love the tongue shot. We have a number of acorn woodpeckers that hang out here, helping themselves to sunflower seeds from our bird feeder and hanging out at the spa (bird bath). Very attractive birds and dominant. Even the scrub and Steller jays get out of the way. No one wants to argue with a beak that can poke holes in trees. 🙂 –Curt
Laughing. Woodpeckers can peck with a force of 1200-1400 g’s! Helmet designers study their skulls since human can get concussions at a measly 100 g’s. Don’t mess with Woody!! დ
I love these birds!
I <3 my friends who <3 birds Jennie! Cheers to you დ
Cheers to you, Cindy. 🥰
Cindy, thank you for these beautiful photographs!
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You are a most appreciated and wonderful friend Charles. Thank you & be well დ
It looks like you are living in their world and you are guest there 🙂
That is exactly what I am!!! დ
Hurray ! I am a bird’s person. 😀
I <3 my friends who <3 birds! დ
Beautiful birds. Great shots.
Aww, much appreciated Beverly & cheers to you my friend დ
I love these collective terms for birds.
So happy you do Candia & thank you! დ
Isn’t that just amazing? I know, that they know, that you are photographing them…..maybe it’s the wonder and delight you may be feeling and sensing this, they respond “me, me, look at me….okay, here’s my coy, serious, carefree, etc., look” …. 🙂 as always, delightful photography!
Laughing…… They certainly do have heeps of personality and natural acting ability don’t they!!! Your kind comments made me smile Liza. Thank you! დ
So beautiful, lucky you Cindy!
Thank you & cheers to you! დ
Perhaps too friendly?? Cheers to you from South Carolina on Cardinal Drive!!
The friendlier the bird, the happier me!!! 😉 დ
Very fine creatures of the Holler!
They gentrify The Holler დ
Stunning and vivid colors.
Thank you for liking them. They are both those things დ
They knew you were there to capture their ‘best side’!
It seemed they did! I was most honored with their trust დ
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bird sticking its tongue out. Cool photo!
It is cheeky of them but they do it frequently!!! 😉