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Woodpeckers are my favorites of all the birds.  I so enjoy seeing any of the Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers or my favorite, the Pileated Woodpecker.  All of these have been here in my backyard on the lakeshore in the last week.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker was pecking away on the fallen Oak Tree that is draped across my dock.  The tiny Downy Woodpecker has not been here on a daily basis like the Pileated Woodpecker has been.  The huge Pileated Woodpecker is comical, inquisitive, and doesn’t seem to mind my presence out on the deck at all.  The male Downy Woodpecker is the small woodpecker with the red patch on its head.  The female Downy Woodpecker is seen on the large hanging suet cage and is without any red on its head.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a medium-sized bird.  It has a black and white checked back with a white, slightly pink-hued, belly.  The woodpeckers eat insects but also will eat seeds, berries, and nuts.  I took most of these pictures in the last three days from my deck or windows. By the way,  I have not yet seen a Red-headed Woodpecker here this year.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "It’s a Woodpecker Extravaganza!" (10)

  1. we get the downys and the red-bellied here on an everyday basis, but i never see the pileated. they are amazing!

    • Hi Texwisgirl, The Pileated is very interesting to see. The one that has been here every day now, is very curious about me. It (he?) watches my every move and plays peek-a-boo all around and up the tree. It tolerates me being as close as about 15 feet from it if I stay still. Have a wonderful evening!

  2. You are lucky to have so many of your favorites around! I haven’t seen as many as usual here for some reason, but still lots of flickers though.

    • Hi Montucky, The Flickers have not been here very often although I do occasionally see them. I am mostly seeing the Downy and the big Pileated. Of course, you did get that surprise snow so maybe the woodpeckers are waiting for warmer weather, who can say? Have a super evening.

  3. I agree, Linda. Woodpeckers are very special. Usually, in the spring, we also have Red-headed Woodpeckers around. Last year, they sent their babies to the feeders.. Haven’t seen any yet this spring.


    • Hi Betsy, How adorable that the Red-headed Woodpeckers had taught the babies about the feeder. Cute! I am looking forward to seeing another Red-headed as it has been a year now. Have a wonderful evening. Possible thunderstorms later tonight and maybe tomorrow, too. I just heard a bit of distant thunder (4:00 pm or so).

  4. Hey wildlifewatcher, thanks for the visit to my site and your kind comment.
    I too am gaga over the Pileated Woodie, it’s such a regal bird. So illusive, so noisy, but I love ’em. I get the Red-Bellied and Downy’s at my feeder nearly every hour of daylight, but never the Redhead.

    Your Pileated images are stunningly beautiful.Congrats.

  5. Great pictures of these beautiful woodpeckers!!! Very sharp and clear.

    • Hi Ginny, Thanks! I have had a lot of fun seeing all of these woodpeckers. I have yet another woodpecker to add to the blog (will post the pictures 4/20/11). I saw a Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker Woodpecker tonight at about 7:00 PM Central. The shots are not the best but the light was fading. So, I have seen all but the Red-head this year so far. Have a super nice Wednesday tomorrow!

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