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A pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers make their home in the Oak tree in the shady grove next to the little farm pond here.  I had not seen much of the woodpeckers since we have had such dry weather for the past several weeks.  It also was the molting season when the birds are very inactive.  I took these pictures on July 9, 2012 from my yard.  I saw both birds out.  One was up on its usual high perch on the electric pole and the other was perched in the thinning leaves of the Oak tree.  The trees have been shedding leaves like mad because of the drought here.  I am quite happy that it rained steadily yesterday morning and early afternoon here.

I heard the birds communicating between each other but it was not the usual call or song.  Instead of the normal song or call, I heard both birds make a crackling sound that was very low and different.  I think that this is a normal thing but I have just never have heard the Red-headed Woodpeckers do this before.  I am  happy that it’s raining here this morning.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "It’s Woodpecker Wednesday!" (7)

  1. Hi Linda, I heard that same crackling sound this past week…. I finally saw two Red-heads… I never did figure out if that was a mating call or an ‘anger’ call… I had never heard it before. I need to do some research and see if I can find out more…

    This rain is FABULOUS.

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    hooray for the rain! i hope you get more! we got spits this week, but i was grateful for even that.

    • Hi Theresa, Good that you also had a bit of rain. Oh how we needed the rain here. Much like the beginnings of the same type of drought that you had in TX a while ago. Have a very nice evening and a good day tomorrow!

  3. I always enjoy your redhead woodies. I have only seen these woodies at my sisters house and on a birding trip here in Maryland. So, I am not familiar with the crackling noises. I would be happy just to see them.

    • Hi Eileen, They are exquisite birds. I am thrilled to have a flock in the neighborhood with a couple of pairs close by. Have a super Thursday tomorrow!

  4. Maybe that’s a “happy for the rain” call! God you finally got some. We have a chance for some on Sunday too.

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