DaLo, a Veery, veery cool. I know that you saw that one coming, but I had to, anyway.
If the photo I posted is a Downy instead of a Hairy, that’s OK. In fact, I probably used the bars as a characteristic when I originally ID’ed the bird as a Downy last March. Looking at all the photos I have of the first bird I saw, I think bill appears chunky and not terribly small although I do not have photos of the bills next to one another. I thought that the bird in the photo I posted yesterday was about the same size as the bird in the photo I am posting here today, but the Downy would be much smaller than the Red-bellied. I saw them flying in the same tree at the same time for a few minutes. I guess my memory is faulty, then. Last March, I also took photos of a female Woodpecker that may have been the mate of the bird whose photo I posted yesterday. They were all seen in the same tree. The serious problem I am left with is what the heck was the much smaller woodpecker (I saw yesterday) which had a red cap on its head and a very similar face?
As Jo said, Belted Kingfishers seem to hang around the same areas day after day. I got better photos today, but am still hoping to do better. I heard, then saw a Loggerhead Shrike. It could be an early migrant or maybe a year round resident.
Then, later, I saw a Tern diving and flying around. The bill color would have helped me a lot, but due to its size and my knowledge of the Terns which have been in this area of the Bay, my guess is that it was a Sandwich Tern. It is a bird that will not ever be accurately identified. I think the very little Woodpecker I saw yesterday will be another one. This is one of the frustrating issues most of us birdwatchers face at times. So, as far as birds, I will be moving on.-SLB