Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some Recent Visitors

One of the great things about living in the middle of a forest is the neighbors you have! The first picture below is one of two Pileated Woodpeckers (remember the cartoon Woody Woodpecker?). He is about 20 inches long! They make a loud sound while pecking on the trees. I took this picture from my front deck. Click on the picture for a better look!


The picture below is taken from inside my guest room, through a window screen. That is why it is a little fuzzy. This rare white squirrel was visiting our front courtyard. They are known to be plentiful the next county over...This was a rare treat to see one in our area.

Click on the pictures to enlarge for detail. The white squirrel's tail is so feathery looking!
Welcome Home,
Penny

36 comments:

Shellmo said...

Love the pileated! And I have never seen a white squirrel like that before! It's beautiful - like a little angel!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a white squirrel before! He's amazing! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Diane said...

Loved the pictures! I've never seen either before. ♥

Mimi Sue said...

WOW, that white squirrel is really something. Ours are gray and boring. Mimi

Tutti Chic said...

I always enjoy your photos of the special things you get to look at living in the forest penny! :) Love this new blog of yours! xo chris

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

How neat! I've never seen a white squirrel before. My son adores birds of all kinds and his love has really taught me a great deal. I'll have to show him your woodpecker.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Hope that the woodpecker flies off now and leaves you alone (now that you've snagged a good pic). I've never seen a white squirrel before either, until now. Do you have black squirrels in your corner as well?

Stacey said...

Oh Penny. I can stare out my window all day into the woods. Most of the time I can see something good..deer, squirrels, coyotes. We see small woodpeckers in our backyard often. They actually eat the sunflower seeds in the bird feeders. Now, I've never seen a white squirrel!! My squirrels would be jealous at how fancy she is!

Deb said...

I have never seen a white squirrel before Penny - how gorgeous!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh, I didn't even know white squirrels existed! How wonderfult os ee one in your backyard! And the pileated woodpeckers are so huge. I have been enjoying seeing all the birds at the feeder this winter (and the squirrels, they have to eat too!)

Dragonlady said...

Wonderful Pictures, I have never seen a white squirrel, thanks for sharing with us..
Brenda

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Penny,

I have never in my life seen a white squirrel! What a beautiful little creature that is! I think you truly live in an enchanted forrest :)

Hugs,
Dena

Rhondi said...

We get the pileated woodpeckers too. One day there were two of them and what a loud noise they made! I've never heard of a white suirrel. It's beautiful.
Isn't it wonderful looking out on a woods? The snow is almost gone here, but it was pretty while it lasted.
Hugs, Rhondi

Lee Laurie said...

I've heard of white squirrels before but never seen one! It is so pretty! I love this picture!
Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Penny, for some reason I lost you! I was excited to find you with your new blog name again just now. :)

We have woods behind us and if I'm not on the computer, I'm also looking out the window. We have a lot of woodpeckers, but not sure if we have the real "woody". I'll have to look him up in my bird book. They are so fun to watch, aren't they?

Donna

Charli and me said...

What great pictures! I have never seen a white squirrel before.

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, Penny, I love the little white squirrel.

I bet it's nice to hear the woodpecker too. He's beautiful.

Hugs,
Donna

Michelle said...

How adorable! I have never seen a white squirrel like that in my life. How beautiful!

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Penny,I did a post about your giveaway today and once agin Thank You the books were a sweet surprise.I really love the book about the winter gardens.
I love the wildlife we see here at our house ,but when the woodpeckers get on our wood house you wouldn't believe the noise.I have olny seen white squirrels one time before and that was when my daughter was going to school at Western Ky Univerity and they are every where on campus.
Brenda

Sue said...

I have never ever seen a white squirrel....If we had cute fluffy white squirrels up in our attic we wouldn't have had to get that Atlanta Wildlife out to extract them....

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Alright what is going on with the white squirrel? I've never seen one ever before. Now I'm going to have to do some reserch, you have my curiosity going. Now thats what I call having great neighbors. The only kind I love living near me..

Sandi McBride said...

We have a nest of little black squirrels that I love...and the birds have been flocking in with the snow! Lovely photos!
hugs
Sandi

sandra/tx said...

Penny, this post and your pics were such treats. Thank you!

Rue said...

Hi Penny :)

A white squirrel? How cute!! I've never seen one.

I love your new background. I keep thinking of changing mine, but I don't know what I want.

Oh and you can read my Victorias anytime you want! ;)

hugs,
rue

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Penny; What a great shot of the Woodpecker. It is so pretty, and the white squirrel is very cute. I did not know about them at all, until now. That is why I love blogging so much, I learn a lot of things I did not know... lol;

hugs;
Alaura

Miss Janice said...

When I visit your blog and see the header photo with that beautiful red cabinet and birdcage and rooster...well, I just love it every time! Love the birds and how you "changed 'em up"!

Angie said...

Love the animal pictures! Never seen a white squirrel before!

Lavender Dreamer said...

WOW! You got some GREAT pictures! We had a pileated woodpecker come to our front porch and drink from the bird bath! I took some pics but every one had his head down! They are really fun to watch! And we don't see the white squirrels at our house very often either! It's always such a treat! You live in a beautiful area! Do you think all the snow will melt today?

Carey said...

Cool visitors. We hear woodpeckers occasionally here, but never see them.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I heard woodpeckers yesterday!

I couldn't see which tree they were in but they were certainly hard at work. :)

Janet said...

Penny,

I have never even heard of a white squirrel and it is so petite. We have the large grayish brown bird seed hogger types which annoy me to death. Can you tell by the description??

Janet

Belinda said...

Oh my goodness...what fun visitors to have! I've never seen a white squirrel! Isn't he a beauty? :-)

And its been YEARS since I've seen a pileated woodpecker. They are magnificent birds, just so enchanting. I'm so glad you posted these photos, Penny...what a treat!

Meggie said...

What great creatures come to visit you, Penny! I've never seen a pileated yet, but I keep looking.

KarenHarveyCox said...

You have white squirrels? Our's are red and some are gray. When I lived in Toronto, they had black ones. The photograph of the white squirrel is stunning.
Karen

TattingChic said...

That squirrel is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos of her and the woodpecker! How very cool! :)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Hi Mrs. Carlson, this is Andrea's daughter Abby! I absoultely adore the picture of the white squirrel. I LOVE SQUIRRELS! :] We actually rescued a baby squirrel once, very interesting story hah. But I just wanted to let you know, I love the picture!

-Abby