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Now I Know!

The Northern Mockingbird has been a great mimic of Red-headed Woodpecker here.  I have been fooled a few times thinking I was hearing a Red-headed Woodpecker or a Red-bellied Woodpecker or even a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker!  Now I know why.  Oh the Woodpecker and the Mockingbird should be friends (to paraphrase and borrow from the great musical play, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein).  Ha!

I was out with the camera on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and saw this juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker up on the dead top of one of the Oak Trees next to the pond here.  There also was a Northern Mockingbird up near the Woodpecker.  Both seemed busy working on finding insects in the tree.  I think that the youngster just was inexperienced and did not mind the presence of that Mockingbird.  My guess anyway.  Note that the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker actually has a dark brown head.  They do not get that scarlet red color until adulthood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Now I Know!" (7)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    glad they’ve had some young ones! too funny about the mockingbird mimicking them. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, it is nice to see that the adults have had a successful nesting and have raised youngsters. It is funny about the Mockingbird. It lives up to its name, that’s for sure! Ha! Have a wonderful day and a great coming week!

  2. You don’t suppose the woodpecker is hiding food and the mockingbird is finding it, do you?

  3. Though the colors are plain, the markings are striking. I’ve never seen a mocking bird–but your pictures make it look beautiful.

  4. Nice to see the redheaded woodies are doing good, the young ones are neat to see. I have listened to a mockingbird go thru a whole string of sounds all at one time. I do not know who he was trying to fool.

  5. Nice job, great colors and variety. I love the cute little brown-headed nuthatch! And the red-headed woodpecker is always a treat to see.

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