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Woodpecker Wed. A Young Red Bellied

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I took these pictures here on my street yesterday morning.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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Woodpecker Wednesday, A Pileated Woodpecker

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This Pileated Woodpecker was pecking away at the trunk of one of the Live Oaks in my front yard on a bright morning back in June.  I had posted before about this same bird.  This young adult was hunting for insects, or was trying to explore a way to peck into the sawed-off stump where a limb had been.  These areas of the trees are sometimes used by the woodpeckers as a spot to cache foods, or even to enlarge into a cavity nest.

I think the wood was very tough and the bird not getting much to eat, moved on.  I am always happy to see woodpeckers!  I have seen the Pileated Woodpecker here twice in the past six months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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It’s Another Woodpecker Wednesday!

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Downy Woodpecker, and a Red-headed Woodpecker are the subjects of todays woodpecker extravaganza!  I took these pictures from my front yard (Red-bellied and Downy) and at the area near the front gate of this development (Red-headed) which is within a small pasture on the nearby ranch.

I was especially happy to have seen the little white and black female Downy Woodpecker here.  It was just visiting.  I had seen the Red-bellied Woodpecker here a few times in the last few months.  I am just wild about woodpeckers!  I took these pictures on two days last month.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker in a Live Oak

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker was busy pecking at the bark of a large Live Oak in a neighbor’s front yard a few houses down from my home yesterday.  I was surprised to hear that unmistakable “chuff-chuff-chuff” call.  I knew that a Red-bellied Woodpecker was up in the tree above me.  I searched for the elusive bird which played peek-a-boo going up and around branches into the heavy thicket of leaves and back.

This bird is an older juvenile or it is a small adult in molt.  The bird was looking for insects or Acorns, which it would eat now and cache away for later.  This is the first Red-bellied Woodpecker I have seen on my street in the five months I have lived here.  I took these pictures on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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Two Woodpeckers

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A Downy Woodpecker and a Red-bellied Woodpecker were both in the same Oak Tree when I snapped these pictures in my yard on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2012.  I also took the picture of the Red-bellied Woodpecker, shown at the top, on 11/21/12, also in the yard here.

The Downy Woodpecker is a small woodpecker with a white chest, barred black and white wings and a black and white head.  It looks much like the bird’s slightly larger cousin the Hairy Woodpecker.  The females do not have a red patch in their head as the males do.  I am thrilled to have seen both woodpeckers here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Red-headed Woodpecker at the Bird Feeder

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!

Woodpecker Action

I took these pictures of  Woodpeckers in my yards on August 12, 2012 and August 14, 2012.  I am still amazed at the fact that one or two of these beautiful and smart Red-headed Woodpeckers come to the bird seed feeder.  One Red-headed woodpecker made a crackle-rasp sound to scare the little finches off of the feeder.  The Red-headed Woodpeckers have been making many trips to the bird seed feeder.  The Red-headed Woodpeckers have started to work on storing food for the Fall and Winter.

It is so wonderful to have a lot of woodpeckers around.  I mostly see the Red-heads here in the yards but occasionally see Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers as well.  The Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been run-off by the Red-heads and live in the woods at the front of the property.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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