I am totally thrilled to have found a colony of woodpeckers just outside the gates of the development where I now live. I took these pictures from the street of an area of huge, ancient Pines. Some of these trees are mere shells of trunks and limbs. These trees have become a home to Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and possibly, some Hairy Woodpeckers.
I am including a picture I snapped of what likely is a Hairy Woodpecker in flight (very small light-colored woodpecker flying from dead tree). Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures. The trees where these woodpeckers live are on private fenced-in property, and are a long way from the street. I took some of these pictures during the first week of May, 2013, and also on June 2, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Red-bellied, Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker, Hairy, and a Red-headed Woodpecker have all been in my backyard on July 8, 2011 and July 9, 2011. I have a suet hanger full of new suet and that is one of the big attractions at the moment for these birds. I have many mature large Oak and Hickory trees in my lake shore yard, which are also of interest to the woodpeckers. The Red-bellied Woodpecker that has been here most often, is a youngster with very little red on its head. The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker is a male and is in his prime.
The Red-headed is a gem-like beauty with the most handsome black and white feathers and crimson red from the shoulders to the tip-top of its head. The Hairy Woodpecker is a male. Like its smaller cousin but look-alike cousin, the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker male has a red spot way up on the top of its head, slightly at the back. The Hairy Woodpecker also has a bit of a stouter bill than the Downy Woodpecker does. I just get so excited to see all of these woodpeckers here in the yard. I took the pictures from my windows and from my deck on July 8, 2011 and again on July 9, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Hairy Woodpecker
Today I will just show a gallery of the woodpeckers that came to my yards between June 22 – 25, 2011. I mostly took the pictures from my windows. There are two Mallards that camp out in my backyard. These two “guard ducks” fly and quack loudly when they see or hear me out on the deck. A lot of the songbirds also take wing at that moment. I then have to wait several minutes until some of the visiting birds return. They tend not to fly away if I stay still while out on the deck. The deck is about twelve feet up so some of the birds do not notice I am there at times. I am showing a Red-headed Woodpecker, a nearly bald Red-bellied Woodpecker (molting?), a male Hairy Woodpecker (a bit larger than the Downy), and a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker
Male Hairy Woodpecker
Sighting the Hairy Woodpecker was a pleasant surprise! I was on a late afternoon stroll down the street with my camera yesterday when I heard that familiar tap-ta-tap of a Woodpecker. The thing that was different was the sound was pretty light and faint. No call, just that Woodpecker drumming sound. I looked for that bird and found to my amazement, what I think is a female Hairy Woodpecker! If this is a Hairy Woodpecker, it is the first one I have seen. It is pretty similar to the female Downy Woodpecker but I think that this one has a longer bill. This Hairy Woodpecker was up about five feet on the trunk of an Oak in a thicket about fifteen feet away from the street. It pecked a bit and then moved to a different tree where I lost sight of it. It was different than the other Woodpeckers I have seen and I was happy to have these photographs! Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!