I had never before seen a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker when one did come by the yard on July 21, 2011. At first, I thought I was seeing things. Honestly! The juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker has a body similar to the adult but a bit lighter with a few lighter spots. The big difference between the juvenile and adult, is that the juvenile has a dark brown, nearly black head. The head of a Red-headed Woodpecker does not turn that crimson red color until the Winter of the first year of its life. So, yes, this individual was a very young juvenile born earlier this Summer. I have also included three pictures of an adult Red-headed Woodpecker. All three of these pictures are of the same adult. I believe that this adult is one of the parents to that juvenile. I took the pictures of the juvenile on July 21, 2011 and the pictures of the adult on July 22, 2011 from my deck. Please excuse how poor the pictures are of that juvenile. It was raining and the light was quite dim when I was taking the pictures. I also am once again having some slight problems with my long lens while it is on the auto-focus setting, and that may have affected the quality of the shots. By they way, I do apologize for my late responses to yesterdays comments. The fact that I had not replied just slipped by my mind at the time and I just now wrote my replies. I will promise to do better. I highly appreciate your nice words here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
July 23, 2011