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!