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This Red-headed Woodpecker is one of a family of woodpeckers that live in the Oaks here in my yard.  A few months ago, it learned to take seeds from the bird feeder.  That is an unusual behavior for woodpeckers who usually take only suet from feeders.  These woodpeckers mostly eat insects but will also eat Acorns, berries, and seeds.

This particular woodpecker has been gathering seeds out of the bird feeder and taking the seeds to the trees and to the top of the wooden telephone and electric pole for storage.  Of course, the bird seed will not be the sole food this bird stores.  The Acorns and wild nuts will be falling in the next month and there are plenty of insects around the fields, woods and pond.  I took these pictures from my living room window and through the porch railing on August 17, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Red-headed Woodpecker at the Bird Feeder" (7)

  1. Very good pictures of one of the prettiest birds we have on the Plateau… I love the Red-Headed Woodpeckers….

    Have a great day and enjoy this glorious weather.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, They are such gorgeous birds! I am happy to see these lovely birds daily. I do miss seeing Pileated and Downy and Hairy but will see them here on rare occasions. Have a super Wed. tomorrow!

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    he’s so pretty. and smart. 🙂

  3. My favorite, what a great feeder bird. I am still very envious of your Redhead woodie.

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! I like this woodpecker almost as much as the larger, flashy, Pileated. The bonus abut the Red-headed Woodpecker is less noise than the bold Pileated. Have a fabulous Wednesday tomorrow and thanks again for your very nice comments.

  4. Every time I see a photo of one I’m amazed at their color: so vivid!

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