Red-bellied, Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker, Hairy, and a Red-headed Woodpecker have all been in my backyard on July 8, 2011 and July 9, 2011. I have a suet hanger full of new suet and that is one of the big attractions at the moment for these birds. I have many mature large Oak and Hickory trees in my lake shore yard, which are also of interest to the woodpeckers. The Red-bellied Woodpecker that has been here most often, is a youngster with very little red on its head. The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker is a male and is in his prime.
The Red-headed is a gem-like beauty with the most handsome black and white feathers and crimson red from the shoulders to the tip-top of its head. The Hairy Woodpecker is a male. Like its smaller cousin but look-alike cousin, the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker male has a red spot way up on the top of its head, slightly at the back. The Hairy Woodpecker also has a bit of a stouter bill than the Downy Woodpecker does. I just get so excited to see all of these woodpeckers here in the yard. I took the pictures from my windows and from my deck on July 8, 2011 and again on July 9, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!