We spotted a White-headed Woodpecker and watched as it flew from tree to tree, looking for grub and trying our patience as we tried to snap photos.
Birding is more of a challenge for me in the mountains, but it can be extremely rewarding because there are so many more different types of birds here. At the refuge we get spoiled because ducks and herons are twice as big as woodpeckers, easier to spot, and they don't mind sticking around and posing (for the most part!)
Woodpeckers are on the move and hidden by pine needles and shadows. (And I thought warblers were tough to photograph!)
Our patience paid off and we were able to get a few shots of this busy bird...
It's amazing we could spot anything in all that greenery!