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Female Downy Woodpecker

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!

Red-headed Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Red-headed Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpecker

Comments on: "It’s Woodpecker Wednesday!" (9)

  1. the 2 red-heads fighting is a great catch. they’re such magnificent looking birds!

    • Hi Texwisgirl, I think I am extra-lucky to have Red-headed Woodpeckers coming to my backyard so often. I think it is that suet that does the trick. : )
      Have a wonderful day tomorrow and thanks for your regular readership here and great comments!

  2. You have an amazing variety of woodpeckers in your garden! Seems you live surrounded by some great woods.

    • Welcome AH and thanks for your nice comments. Glad you visited. Yes, I am very happy to live in a hardwood forest on a lake where there is a lot of wildlife and birds. Have a very nice day tomorrow!

  3. I love the picture of the two woodpeckers!!! And the male downy looks a bit like a baby.

  4. HI Linda, Great set of woodpecker pictures…. They are always so much fun to watch.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, the woodpeckers are entertaining – I don’t even mind waking up to the very loud call of the Pileated or the similar call of the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker. These are so loud, I can even hear them in my bedroom through closed windows! Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  5. Your photo of the dancing redheads is very enjoyable! You get so many interesting woodpecker visits!

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