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Woodpecker Wednesday!


These two handsome and busy Red-bellied Woodpeckers were spotted yesterday late in the afternoon.   I am in Tennessee taking care of some personal business this week.  I have limited Internet access.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Woodpecker Wed. A Young Red Bellied


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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A Florida Woodpecker Wednesday

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

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!

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Hairy Woodpecker?

Hairy Woodpecker?

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Another Woodpecker Wednesday

This Red-bellied Woodpecker has been coming to the bird seed feeder at least once a day for a few weeks now.  I wondered how well it would cope using a regular bird feeder, and well, it has learned how to obtain the seeds quite easily.  It basically takes the chosen seed with its claw and paws the seed out of the hole.  When that does not work well, it will also use its long pointed bill to help scoop the seed out.  The result is that the woodpecker has learned to get Sunflower Seed out of the feeder tube.

So, I have now seen the Red-headed Woodpecker, the little Downy Woodpecker, and the Red-bellied Woodpecker feed at the bird feeder here in this yard!  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2012, in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Woodpecker in Charge

This Red-bellied Woodpecker is now in residence here in the yard.  It is definitely the “Boss” among the songbirds in the yard.  When the Red-headed Woodpecker family migrated South for the Winter, the Red-bellied Woodpeckers moved in.  The small flock of Red-bellied Woodpeckers has been in the area all Summer.  They had lived in the Oaks along the street end of the property near the gulch.  Now, they have prime real estate in fine Oaks next to the pond and yes, very close to the bird feeder.  I took these pictures in my yard on Nov. 2, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Woodpecker Wednesday

It’s been a month of woodpeckers.  The Red-headed Woodpeckers left town and the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers took over.  There also were the resident pair of Northern Yellow-Shafted Flickers here in the yard for my enjoyment.  I certainly am wild about woodpeckers!  I took these pictures on various days in the past month.  For those of you readers who may be wondering, yes, the pictures are slightly older in recent days.  My Nikon is in the repair shop in Smyrna, Georgia (Near Atlanta) being worked on.  So, I am sharing previously taken and un-posted photogrpahs for a few more days.  The camera had simply been loved and used a lot.  I will be very pleased when it returns back to me so I can share really new pictures with all of you.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

A Persistant Red-Bellied Woodpecker

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was up in a Hickory Tree across the street from my home late yesterday afternoon.  It was up about twenty-five feet.  The sassy bird was hanging on a small branch trying to either get at insects on the cluster of Hickory Nuts or trying to get at the nut meat inside the shell.  The woodpecker tried multiple times to get at its food without apparent good success.  It was hanging from a fairly thin branch and it was lucky that the bird has ultra sharp claws and a tail that allows for good balance when the bird is upside down!

The photo I have included here of the hole in the trunk of the Red-Oak tree was taken in my own yard in the grove of Oaks next to the pond.  I believe that this may be a home of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and perhaps this very one.  I have often seen a Red-bellied Woodpecker in that tree where the hole is and have often heard interior pecking and drilling going on.  I took the pictures on Oct. 3, 2o12, in my yard and on the street in front of the house and yard here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!


This Red-bellied Woodpecker is working on drilling and pecking away on the dead wood up on the crown of one of the Oak trees at the shoreline of the pond.  This same tree has been the scene of many similar efforts of the Red-headed Woodpeckers, and the Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers.  All seem thrilled with the top of this tree.  Woodpeckers like being high up in trees or on the tops of wooden telephone or electric poles.

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was likely drilling a food cache spot where it will store Acorns and other nuts and seeds for the Winter.  The other possibility is that the bird has found insects in the wood and was trying to get at them with its sharp long bill.  I am not seeing the Red-heads around much so that may be why the Red-bellied Woodpeckers are so active in this area of the yards now.  Yes, there is a pecking order among the woodpeckers, I think.   I took these pictures yesterday, Sept. 12, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

This Wednesday’s Woodpecker

This Red-bellied Woodpecker is the woodpecker of the week here!  As much as I love the Red-heads, I have an equal affection for their chatty cousin, the Red-bellied Woodpecker.  This white, bright red and black bird lives in the woodlands fronting my place here.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker is similar in its characteristics to the Red-headed Woodpecker.  Both love eating insects, nuts, and small pieces of fruits and berries.  Both live in holes in the trunks of large trees, especially the Oaks and Hickories.  The Red–bellied Woodpecker is living out front because it does not cooperated well with the larger and probably more aggressive Red-heads here.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker was actually out and about in its cousin’s territory a couple of days ago when I snapped these pictures.  You will recognize the snag-topped Oak where it seems, many different woodpeckers like to perch.  That Oak is immediately on the pond’s shoreline here.  It is a favorite place of mine for getting pictures of the woodpeckers, even if I have to be quite a long ways off.  I took the pictures on September 3, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wednesday’s Woodpeckers

Today I am showing pictures that I took this past week of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a Red-Headed Woodpecker.  Both reside in the Oaks in my yard.  The Red-Bellied has a pinkish-white belly and an orange-red cap on its head.  It has barred or checkered black and white patterned back feathers.  It has a lot of white on its face and  has the characteristic stout, long,  sharp bill that many woodpeckers have.

The Red-Headed Woodpecker looks like its whole head was dipped in a scarlet-red paint.  It also has a black and white back but the feather coloring is in large blocks of color.  The tail feathers of the Red-Headed Woodpecker are white.  Both of these woodpeckers eat insects, seeds, nuts, and fruits.  They love acorns, nuts and berries and will store the nuts and acorns away for future use.  The woodpeckers live in hollowed out spaces in the tree trunks or in larger limbs of huge trees.  Both of the woodpeckers I am showing today have been at my bird feeder in recent days to snack on seed.  I took these picrtues in my yard and from my living room window on May 20, 2012, and also on May 22, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!I

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