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The Red-headed Woodpeckers here have been much more active now that there has been some rain recently.  They like cooler humid weather in which the insects are more active.  They eat insects as well as fruit, nuts and seeds.  These beautiful woodpeckers have established themselves in this neighborhood.  I believe there are four or five pairs around in the general vicinity.  Of course, there also are Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a few Downy Woodpeckers, and a couple of pairs of the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpeckers here on a year-around basis.

I took these pictures on July 19, 2012 in my yard.  I often catch sight of the Red-headed Woodpeckers on the top of this wooden electric pole.  They love these poles because of the wood and likely, the sound that their pecking makes via the pole.  One of the pair was up-top on the pole while the other perched on the electric line below.  These birds nest in the cavity of a pond-side Oak Tree here.  I am very glad to have the woodpeckers!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers" (8)

  1. The Birding Bunch said:

    There they are!! 😀 Today we had two, maybe three on our place. I thought I saw two adults, but then a bit later, we saw the adult and a juvenile. We got some pictures this time and the adult came for a bath!! I was just thrilled.. It waited for the juvenile Blue Jay, but it must have been taking too long before it scared the Jay off and jumped in for a nice long bathing.

    Ours are often seen on the utility posts, too. I don’t think the electric people care for this. Did you ever see this?
    http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/features/birds/story.html?id=ad32be11-834f-4076-82dc-d785c2db765f

    • Hi Birding Bunch, Totally cool that you also have these beauties! I saw your news clip and thought it interesting. I have never seen the decoys on the poles around here. Idea may work but with the Red-headed Woodpeckers, I have seen two or three on the same pole at once here. Have a great day and thanks again for the neat comment!

  2. My friend near Nashville said that they had lots of damage from last night’s storms. We got an inch of rain but nothing severe here… You?

    I love our Red-headed beauties also… Wish they’d bring their babies to the feeders like they usually do….

    Have a good day.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, No damage and not a lot of rain but we did get several downpours that did not last long. Our pastures are getting green again. Boy is that nice! I hope you’ll see the juveniles at your feeders. I love the brown head of the juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers. Have a great day today!

  3. Their bright and distinct colors are striking!

  4. TexWisGirl said:

    they are so spectacularly colored! so dapper, but that gorgeous shade of red just wows.

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