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!