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A Male Downy Woodpecker

This tiny bird is a male Downy Woodpecker.  It is among the smallest of the woodpeckers in the United States.  You can tell it is a male by that red spot on the crown of its head.

The Downy was pecking away at a larger branch in my Live Oak Trees when I spotted it.  It flitted around from branch to branch in search of insects.  Sometimes when the bird drills or pecks it is done to communicate, other times the drumming or pecking is to drill a hole or enlarge a hole for either a nesting place, or a storage unit.  The other reason for pecking, is to discover and dislodge insects in the bark of the tree.

I always love seeing these birds!  This is the first woodpecker here in quite a long time.  I wish the light was better when I took the pictures.  The Live Oaks in the yard are gigantic and are very shady.  I had a hard time getting a decent picture and have resorted to heavy editing to show the bird in a way you can see a bit of what the fellow looks like.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Woodpeckers on Wednesday

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a hen Downy Woodpecker, were spotted in my huge old Live Oaks a few days ago on a cloudy morning.  The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are a young pair that is in the process of building their first home.  There has been a lot of pecking and drilling going on.

It has been raining here off and on for the last four days.  I have noticed that woodpeckers are active in damp weather as the moist bark is easier to chip away for building a home and for uncovering any insects or grubs in the tree bark.  I love woodpeckers and am quite happy to have two or three here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

 

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor's feeder

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor’s feeder

Woodpecker Wednesday: A Red-bellied Woodpecker on a Rail Fence

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was hunting for insects, likely Ants, in the crevices of a low wooden rail fence at a small park I visited on Monday afternoon.  The birds and animals at this park, probably see people all the time, which is why the bird was so close to where the parking lot and people were on this occasion.

This bird was not in any way concerned about anything other than catching its meal!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photograph.  Enjoy!

A Woodpecker Wednesday Extravaganza!

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Male Downey Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Here are some pictures of both a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a tiny male Downy Woodpecker that were here on my street this last week.  I saw that Red-bellied Woodpecker across the street in my neighbor’s tree and on their home (I shooed it away gently as it was drumming on the metal flashing of the eves).

The Downy Woodpecker was looking for insects on my Magnolia Tree.  I love all of the woodpeckers and was just thrilled to see both of the birds here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker & Downy Woodpecker

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A female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and a male Downy Woodpecker were both spotted in trees across the street here on December 30, 2014.  I really get thrilled seeing the smaller woodpeckers!  Doesn’t that sapsucker blend in well with the tree trunk?  Both little woodpeckers were happily finding insects in the bark of several of the trees here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Happy New Year!

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Woodpecker Wednesday

 

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Today’s woodpeckers are the  Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  I took the two pictures of the tiny Downy on Oct. 4, 2014.  The pictures of the Red-bellied Woodpecker were taken on Oct. 7, 2014.  Both birds were spotted in this same tree across the street from my home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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Woodpecker Wednesday

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This Red Bellied Woodpecker was spotted in several different trees in my neighborhood on January 13, 2014.  This active bird was trying to find some tasty insects within the bark of torn branches in the Oaks and Pine Trees.  These woodpeckers also sometimes just poke around with that sharp bill to see if there are soft places in the tree branches or trunks.  Sometimes soft places offer potential spots for nesting or for food storage caches.  The woodpeckers can hollow out these particular soft place quite easily.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers often will come to backyard bird feeders.  They love Sunflower Seeds as well as Corn, in addition to their regular diet of insects.  Most of the bird feeders around my neighborhood are presently empty.  I think that in coming weeks, more folks will refill their feeder station.  I plan to add a feeder myself.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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