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Gila Woodpecker: Mike in Tucson AZ mortgage lender

~ Gila Woodpecker Feeding Chicks ~

The Gila Woodpecker was feeding her little ones, and I was set up and taking photos.  She must not have liked it that I was taking pics of her rump as she disappeared into the "saguaro boot" because the very next thing she did was to yell at me!

Gila Woodpecker: Mike in Tucson AZ mortgage lender

~ She's yelling at me! ~


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Comment balloon 48 commentsMike Jones • July 03 2011 12:02AM


Great pictures Mike.  Maybe she was complimenting you on your photographic skills?

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) over 9 years ago


I don't know.  I think I was too close to her chicks for her comfort.  Thanks for being the first to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike, I wrote a post on a pileated woodpecker in May. He was pecking away on his new home and did not have my camera with me when I saw him feeding his babies. But, alas, it is now empty he flew the coup or perhaps was foreclosed :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 9 years ago

Mike - Girls just don't like you to take unflattering photos. Very cute blog.

Posted by Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike, Heard what she was saying and you could not put it in a public post! Love what you do with your excellent photos and the words to go along.

Have a great weekend.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago


LOL!  thanks for the kind words, and same to you two.


Thanks for stopping by!


Wish you had that camera in tow...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Cute photo --- love seeing the birds and their antics and all that they do -- stay cool down there. Have a good 4th weekend.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi, Mike -- another nice set of photos.  I didn't check the temperature in Tucson today -- hopefully you were a few degrees cooler than we were in the Phoenix area.  A day when the snow on the Catalina's seems like a distant memory, right?!  Be well

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

She may have been tweeting aloud there was a voyeur in the neighborhood. Of course she might have simply been asking if those feathers make her look fat. Females... 

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Good morning, Mike. You know how women are. Probably thought you were getting fresh ~ LOL...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago


Could have been!  :)


There's a thought.


It was 110, but we visited the King Tut exhibit at the Rialto and stayed out of the heat.

Bob & Carolin,

You too!  Thanks.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago


She want sto protect those babies at all costs ... great pics and isn't nature grand?

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Those are beautiful pictures! You have caught details that many of us would have missed with our naked eye!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) over 9 years ago

Too funny, Mike.  Of course I could see my wife doing the same thing.  Thanks for the great pics.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 9 years ago

Mike...to them, having a 12th floor high rise in the Cactus Arms is really normal high living and to think it is all free to those who just work hard for it...in this case, banging their heads against it until their home is formed. We do something similar, but sustain various injuries while doing so and injure others as well. There is a lesson or two there to learn...thank you for these thoughts....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 9 years ago

Mike, too funny and always love coming over to see your photography. It makes it so much more fun when we add the photography angle to our work. I can't approach your skill but do appreciate it. Love the photos and as birders....especially enjoyed this post. Have a wonderful 4th.

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) over 9 years ago

If its a she then probably would not like the back side photo being posted all over the internet :)

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 9 years ago


It's a she, and it's too late!


It's wonderful to run into birders in the Rain! 


Thanks for stopping by to ruminate.


You're welcome!


It just takes a little patience.


Yes, it is!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

I would not have known what that was. What a cool photo.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 9 years ago

Mike - I guess she didn't think her backside was her best feature, and she was letting you know loud and clear. LOL Happy 4th Mike.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 9 years ago

What a cute post! Thanks Mike and have a wonderful 4th of July weekend with your Sweetie!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

nice pic Uncle Mike. I'm surprised you don't have "nest cam" Pleasee say hi to Ginny!

Posted by Kevin Wood,, Tucson, AZ Realtor (Keller Williams Southern Arizona) over 9 years ago

Taking a liberty with one of Anna Banana's  recent posts, that bird didn't want you to let the other birds know how smart it was, as a wide behind was offered as the accumulation of wisdom.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Awesome photos! This one really should get a feature!  The timing is priceless!  I am recommending this one.

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI (North Sky Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike, she thought you were getting a little too close. Nice Photos!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 9 years ago

Mike, what FUN shots of the Gila Woodpecker! And SO Arizona with the saguaro being their home. :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 9 years ago

Ha whatever side, as long as it's the flattering side.


Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

O cool we don't have these woodpeckers where I am at. I think the one we have here is the Red Headed Woodpecker! I am a bird watcher so post more birds for me to see! 

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 9 years ago

No mother with little one wants a photo of their backside published on the web for anyone to see.  Great shot.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 9 years ago

Cute pic! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Posted by Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise (SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com) over 9 years ago


I enjoy taking them and sharing the beauty of the Desert Southwest.


You're welcome!


I guess I knew that, but now it's too late...  LOL


Have you joined the group "BIRDS?"


At least the wind's not blowing up her feathers!  :)


You'll have to plan a visit!

Michael S,

No doubt!

Michael D,

Thanks for the "suggest."  Looks like it worked.


I wasn't aware of that bit of wisdom.  :)


It's great to see you back in the Rain!  Ginny says "Hi!"


You're welcome! Same to you and yours.


I sort of liked it.  :)


Glad to oblige.  Happy 4th!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

This is adorable. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent, Bringing you Home! (Professional Realty Services®) over 9 years ago

Maybe she thought you were using a wide-angle lens, lol! Great pictures, I used to live in Tucson many moons ago and I totally enjoyed the brief visit through your post.

Posted by Linda Humphrey, CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty (Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada) over 9 years ago


Well, Tucson misses you.  Come back for a visit!


You're very welcome!  Have a great 4th of July!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Interesting Mike.  My local woodpecker - the one who is my alarm clock each morning pecking away on the tin chimney caps, is shy.  Maybe she doesn't have any chicks to protect.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago
Beautiful pics Mike!! Yes, I agree that she's yelling at you!
Posted by Kerissa Payne, ABR, SRS, e-PRO, SRES (The Kerissa Payne Team at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Cool pictures. It's a nice break to take wildlife pics instaed of house pics.

Posted by Robert Slick, NRBA, RDCPro, Trident/CCAR MLS (Beach and River Homes) over 9 years ago

How you would you like it? Women never like that kind of pic, especially when they are busy. Glad you had your camera ready.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

Mike...Thanks....This was great photography and a great title and attention grabber !



Jerry Gray CRB,CRS,GRI,SFR / Allen Tate Realtors / Winston Salem, NC / 336-918-2433

Posted by Jerry Gray, Serving the Triad Since 1980 (Wilkinson ERA Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Birds can get cranky when you get too close to their chicks!

We had one in the bird house by the garden last year who deeply resented my presence in the garden. She never actually hit me, but she dive bombed my head on several occasions.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 9 years ago

Great photo.  I agree - few females want the rear end to be the focus of a photo.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) over 9 years ago

What a beautiful display of Saguaros and the home that these beautiful Cacti give to our

Arizona birds!  Thanks for your pictures!


Posted by Marilyn Montaigne (Options and Opportunities ) over 9 years ago

I don't blame her for being upset! Happy 4th! Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 9 years ago

I've never seen anything like that; we don't have large Cacti like that here.  Cute post and photos.

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES) over 9 years ago

I think she's saying "Don't you have Homes!"

Posted by Ed Aus, Jr (Taylor Properties ) over 9 years ago




We're only a 12 hour drive away.  Come on down and visit!


See?  You understand.  :)


You're welcome!


Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Were you wearing a hat?


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping to comment.


You've got a point!


I'm glad to oblige!


That she is!  Yelling, I mean...


I wonder why they beat against the aluminum caps and make such a racket?  They do that in our neighborhood too.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

The home looks like a light fixer with easy maitenance landscapping.  Plenty of windows? doors?

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 9 years ago
Mike - your photos are incredible, and love the detail with the saguarro cactus and the birds. Amazing!
Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 9 years ago

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