I thought all the time I was taking pictures of this bird, that it was a red-bellied woodpecker. I was using the zoom on my camera instead of my bins. A male northern flicker! He was all over this tree, and liked what he saw in this cavity.
Note to self: Remember this tree next year during breeding season.
Yep, still there.
Dinner was at the Sleepy Hollow Inn, a neat restaurant in Branch Hill (just next to Loveland) that serves great food and drinks, and has Christmas lights up ALL YEAR ROUND.
We had grand plans to go to the Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights tonight (this is when the zoo covers nearly every tree they have in lights). We didn't go, in the end, because as we approached the zoo, it became apparent that the place was packed. We chose not to make ourselves crazy fighting the crowds and decided to go back on a week night.
At least the girls were dressed warmly.