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For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:


  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond


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Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

Price reduced to $19.95

Click on the book cover to view sample pages



Read a description of Rick's new slide program, "The Last Wild Tigers of India", by clicking "slide shows" on the tool bar at left.
Check out a sampling of The Birds of India in "Bonus Content" at left.


View my log of March nature sightings by clicking "diary" at left.
Almost all of them can be attracted to feeders, especially in winter. Here's a sampling...

The Pileated is most difficult to attract, preferring carpenter ants from dead trees in the wild. Occasionally, however, you can get lucky with suet. This bird is the size of a crow.

The Downy Woodpecker, by contrast, may be our most common woodpecker at feeders. Note the red topknot. That makes this bird a male.

Hairy Woodpeckers are basically larger versions of downies. Compare the bill length between the two species. The hairy's is decidedly longer. This female has no red topknot.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are called ladder-backs with good reason. This is a female. Were it a male, the red on its crown would extend all the way to its beak.

I don't get Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at my feeder every winter. In fact, they migrate south from upstate New York almost every year. This winter I had a YBS visitor on a regular basis. The red throat makes him a male.

This was my target bird on a recent trip to Eastern Oregon: the beautiful White-headed Woodpecker. I found this one on a bird bath in Sisters, OR.

Gila Woodpeckers of the western desert also are in the ladder-back family. They most resemble the Northern Flickers we see commonly in the Northeast. Photographed at the San Pedro House along the San Pedro River in Southeast Arizona.

Here's a woodpecker you can't mis-identify: the Acorn Woodpecker. These birds wedge acorns into holes they drill in trees, fences and other wooden objects. The stashed tidbits are eaten at a later date.

Photos by Rick Marsi

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