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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


(Can you tell I'm bored out of my mind today??? Or maybe it is still the coffee issue...)

I NEED A BIRD EXPERT; LADDERBACK WOODPECKER I BELIEVE. Two males, facing each other, sitting on our chain link fence (slippery and cold). They started out at a distance of about 2' from each other. The smaller one started swinging his head back and forth, forming an arc, with the arc being at the bottom of the side to side swing. Then he would advance a little bit towards the other male. The other, bigger male was attempting to do the same thing but he wasn't as comfortable clinging to the slippery fence but he was still trying hard to do this motion. This continued for about 3 minutes before the smaller one got much closer to the bigger one and slipped and then they both flew off. Has anyone seen this behavior before? If so, any idea what it was. They didn't seem to be aggressive towards each other.


  1. Cathy, this was most likely a form of single-sex competition for a mate, a nest hole, or territory.

    Do you think they were Red-bellied Woodpeckers? A Ladder-back is a smart bird and this time of the year could be found in the sands and cacti of the SW & Mexico. As a matter of fact, they do not migrate.

  2. ES, glad to see you are still around! You hadn't posted in a long time!

    I don't think they are the red bellied male. They each have a tiny red mark on each side of their head. I think they are probably the Hairy woodpecker. I was too lazy to get my book out the other day and I didn't dare move from my office chair to get my camera.

    Thanks for the explanation. I figured it had to be territorial something or other!


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