I’ve been chasing this hairy woodpecker all week. It’s been staying in the branches, which makes it almost impossible to focus on through the thickets, plus it never holds still for more than a second or two. While I was out following it around, it disappeared into the neighbor’s yard. I started photographing the juncos and goldfinches flitting about the roses by the wall that separates our yards, when I heard the woodpecker pecking on the neighbor’s tree. I looked over the wall and saw it not quite so covered. I got a shot of it, it glanced at me, then flew back into our yard and landed on golden showers not too far from me as I walked from the wall, behind the car in pursuit. At that point I got the opportunity to get the unobstructed photo of it on a rose cane show below.
The pair of ducks were swimming in the clear water ditch, and I got the lesser goldfinch dining on sunflowers and the junco on a rose while following the woodpecker around the yard, as mentioned above.