The Red-headed Woodpecker that was pecking or drumming on the rain gutter on my porch roof the other day (4/18/12), was simply getting itself a cool drink of rain water. At first, I thought that one of the newly arrived flock of Red-headed Woodpeckers was trying to drill a hole either in the siding of my home or on the tin metal roof of my porch. It turns out, the bird simply was thirsty. The Red-headed Woodpeckers like eating, and in general, being up high, I think.
It makes sense that the bird would rather perch and drink up on the roof where it could scout out the territory and keep an eye on all the other birds and animals. The alternative would be for the bird to land and walk to the pond and dip or fly and try to quickly dip before any large predator might catch it. I keep hearing the calls of the Red-headed Woodpeckers as well as other kinds of woodpeckers, here in the area of my little farm. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!