On April 15, 2012 at just about dusk, I saw a flock of at least five Red-headed Woodpeckers in the trees and on the electric power poles on the street just in front of the little farm here. I had never before seen more than two of these gorgeous woodpeckers together in one place. I think that a courtship ritual was going on at the time. There was one Red-headed Woodpecker on each of two power poles drumming away and making a single call.
The wooden poles were adjacent. There were an additional three woodpeckers, each in a tree near the poles. The woodpeckers would drum and then engage in a short skirmish with one or two other Red-headed Woodpeckers on the poles. One bird would replace the other, and the loser would fly to a tree. This continued for several minutes. It was thrilling and comical! I have never seen anything like it. These beautiful birds have a ruby-red head and neck with a black back. The other areas are a bright white. The bird has a white tip on the tail feathers. Being woodpeckers, these birds have a strong thick long pointed bill. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
P.S. Oops! At least one of my Red-headed friends has discovered that my steel house rain gutters sound great when drummed or pecked. Yikes! Soft discouragement (Hubby going out on the porch and making lots of noise) is in fine order. I’ll let you know what happens. Wildlifewatcher.