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Big Big Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are the two largest of the woodpeckers that come to my yards on a regular basis.  The flicker is one of the only woodpeckers that often can be seen hunting on the ground for tasty grubs and worms.  I saw this flicker on my front lawn just after a heavy rain.  The female Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker does not have a black mustache mark on its face.

The Pileated Woodpecker has that bright red shock of feathers that make a top-knot crest on its head.  Both the genders of the Pileated Woodpecker are similar in looks.  The Pileated Woodpecker eats insects, nuts, seeds, berries and fruits.  The Pileated Woodpecker has been occasionally coming to my feeder to snack on the suet cakes.  This particular Pileated Woodpecker is quite shy and I have to be sneaky to get its picture.  I have to take the picture from my windows.   If that woodpecker hears me or sees me move, it flies off in a big hurry and does not return until much later in the day or the next morning.  As always, I am totally thrilled to see these big woodpeckers here.  I took these pictures from my front and back windows on July 11, 2011 and July 12, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A June Gallery of Woodpeckers

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

I have been having daily visits from at least one variety of the woodpeckers and am enjoying watching the action.  I have been seeing a female Downy Woodpecker and also have recently spotted  a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker.  Of course the gem-like ruby coloring of the Red-headed Woodpecker is wonderful.  I also have fun watching the Pileated Woodpecker with its brilliant red crest of feathers on its head.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker almost is hyperactive.  It flits from branch to branch and up the trunk of the big Oak, Hickory, and Walnut trees in my yards.  I have not been seeing any Hairy Woodpeckers or the little Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker here in recent weeks.  In fact, it has been about a year since I have last seen a Hairy Woodpecker.  All in all, these are welcomed guests in my front and back yards.  I took these pictures from my windows and deck during the first two weeks of June, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpecker Wednesday – The Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpeckers like my backyard trees a lot.  I have large Oaks and Hickory Trees and the neighbors do as well.  I have two suet feeders in my backyard and boy, do the woodpeckers love snacking on these.  Anecdotally, I can tell you that the fruit-flavored suet and the peanut suet are favorite suet flavors of the woodpeckers.  The Pileated Woodpecker is extra-large and has a black back, and has a white and black face with a red crest of feathers on its head.  The woodpeckers eat insects but also like nuts, acorns and other seeds, berries and small fruits.  The woodpeckers live and nest in the hollowed-out cavities of trees.  The Pileated Woodpecker uses its large thick pointed bill to peck or drill out tree trunks and to pry insects out of tree bark.  The bill is also handy for storing away food in caches in the bark of favorite trees.

I think that the Pileated Woodpeckers are smart birds!  It was funny, in one picture, you can see a Canada Goose staring down the Pileated Woodpecker.  What you don’t see in the photo is the five Canada Goslings just under the suet feeder where that woodpecker was hanging from.  Everyone behaved well and the woodpecker eventually flew off.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

This Pileated Woodpecker Knows Where the Feeder is!

A fairly young-looking Pileated Woodpecker has become a regular at my backyard lakeside bird feeder.  That particular bird feeder has a very appealing suet cake on the side of the birdseed hopper.  What is ironic is that the suet cake is pretty old.  Who can tell what is the draw for some birds to come to any one feeder.  The Pileated is among the largest of the North American woodpeckers.  This individual has been around here for about a month.  This woodpecker is now on the backyard trees and the suet feeder at least once a day and sometimes more often.  The woodpecker and I played a visual game of peek-a-boo when it discovered I was out on the balcony above the feeder and was watching with the large camera.  It patiently finished eating and then flew up to the nearby dead Oak Tree.  That Pileated Woodpecker walked up the trunk from one side to the other,  all the way to the top  of the tree.  Every few feet up the tree, the woodpecker would peek at me to check if I was still watching.  Once the Pileated Woodpecker got to the top of the tree, it looked at me and off it flew.  As far as I know, that bird lives a short way across the lake.  I think it loads up on insects for its young and eats suet for itself.  That is just a guess on my part though.  By the way, the suet has peanuts in it.  I am always happy to see the big noisy interesting and unique bird!  I took these pictures from my deck on April 10, 2011, and again on April 13, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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