Red-headed Woodpeckers with their crimson red head all the way down to their shoulders have been here in my yards almost daily now. I also have been enjoying seeing the juvenile Pileated Woodpecker, several Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and an occasional Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. I just love the picture of the two Red-head Woodpeckers flitting about one another. I think that this young pair were discussing their future! The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was hunting for insects in the grass just at the base of my Tulip Poplar tree. The smaller woodpeckers like the Hairy and Downy all tend to come to the feeders cautiously. They sometimes have to wait for the larger birds to finish. The little woodpeckers do tend to be OK with the presence of the other small songbirds but get very flighty when confronted with the jumbo cousins. They just hang out on the dead Oak next to the feeder until it is their turn. I am crazy for woodpeckers! I took these pictures from my deck and windows in the last few days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy! P. S. Please excuse the wonky lay-out – happens with captions sometimes. Oh well. Many thanks!
July 20, 2011