I hear the pileated woodpeckers are back. At the Howard County Conservancy, this Saturday at 10AM at the free program, Backyard Birding, you just might get to see them.
I took this picture a few years back when I was leading a program in November. Winter is the best time to find the birds, when the leaves are off the trees.
I was visiting with the program leaders Wednesday. They tell me they have all sorts of great things lined up for this weekend. The program will be given by two Howard County Bird Club members. Additionally, one of the children’s favorite hike leaders, Caroline Kosisky will have activities for the younger attendees. Bird related activities, but geared to the preschool set.
The other attendees will get the chance to use binoculars and a couple of birding scopes to look for those elusive woodpeckers.
Most of the program will be done upstairs above the Nature Center. There, protected from the cold and wind, through the large windows, you are at tree height. Just above the feeders.
The program leaders, Robin Todd and Sue Muller have lots planned for those who want to come out and learn more about how to attract birds to your yard, and how to identify them by sounds and sight.
If we’re lucky the woodpeckers will show up, since we will be indoors. They won’t know we are behind those glass walls.
If not, you will definitely find some of our abundant local birds.
Like the bickering blue jays trying to find the heaviest peanuts while trying not to share. You never know what you might see.