Red-headed Woodpeckers with their crimson red head all the way down to their shoulders have been here in my yards almost daily now. I also have been enjoying seeing the juvenile Pileated Woodpecker, several Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and an occasional Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker and Red-bellied Woodpecker. I just love the picture of the two Red-head Woodpeckers flitting about one another. I think that this young pair were discussing their future! The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was hunting for insects in the grass just at the base of my Tulip Poplar tree. The smaller woodpeckers like the Hairy and Downy all tend to come to the feeders cautiously. They sometimes have to wait for the larger birds to finish. The little woodpeckers do tend to be OK with the presence of the other small songbirds but get very flighty when confronted with the jumbo cousins. They just hang out on the dead Oak next to the feeder until it is their turn. I am crazy for woodpeckers! I took these pictures from my deck and windows in the last few days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy! P. S. Please excuse the wonky lay-out – happens with captions sometimes. Oh well. Many thanks!
Posts tagged ‘Juvenile Pileated Woodpecker’
A family of three Pileated Woodpeckers actually came to the backyard trees yesterday, but the parent birds flew away just as soon as they heard the door open. The juvenile Pileated looks like a three-quarter-sized adult with a slightly thinner and smaller red top-knot “Mohawk” crest on its head. I actually saw one of the parent birds feed this juvenile some of the suet I have in the backyard feeder. I could not get a picture of the event because my big lens was not focusing correctly (on automatic setting with moving, busy background and rainy day weather). The suet feeder is especially designed for use by woodpeckers. I also have a peanut and fruit flavored suet in that feeder at the moment. Insect eating birds really seem to go for this particular suet flavor.
The Juvenile and at least one of the parent birds (genders look-alike) came twice yesterday. I think that because the Thirteen Year Brood of Cicada have emerged in recent days, the population of woodpeckers and most insect-eating birds has become concentrated in my area. Yesterday I saw a Red-bellied, a Red-headed, two Hairy, and the three Pileated Woodpeckers! Imagine! But then, it was a rainy day so that may also account for the big convention. Just kidding but I did see all of these here at various times during the day.