I was walking along my driveway near the street when I noticed a Red-Headed Woodpecker on one of the larger Oaks here. It was walking up the trunk and then it stopped and started pecking at the bark. I think it is either drilling a new home or is building a pantry cache spot in the trunk. The other possibility is that there may have been insects in the bark that the bird was trying to get at. I took the pictures rather late in the afternoon. After a few minutes, the bird gave up and flew off.
I just love watching the woodpeckers! Right now, the only woodpeckers I am seeing out are the Red-Bellied and the Red-Headed. I do occasionally hear a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker (yes, it is the woodpecker and not a Mockingbird calling) way out in the yard. My husband also told me he saw the flicker here recently. I do get to see the Red-Headed Woodpeckers almost daily here now. I took these shots on June 3, 2012 on the street in front of my home here at the little farm. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are a few more pictures I have taken of the various songbirds that come to the bird feeder that is next to my front porch. I see these birds on a regular basis. The “King” of the bird feeder is the male Red-winged Blackbird. He makes one or two circuits, walking around the tray of the feeder before leaving. I am not sure if this action was because at first he was not clear about how to get the birdseed out, and it has become a habit, or if the action is a territorial claim.
The other birds that come to the feeder here are: the Brown-headed Cow Birds, the Chipping Sparrow, the Tufted Titmice, the Red-headed Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatches, and House Finches. Occasionally I also see Mourning Doves near the feeder and also Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, and Mallard Ducks as well. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I took these pictures here in my yard in the last two days. I am always amazed at the big variety of different birds, ducks and small animals that come around. I even had this mysterious kitty that is hopefully a neighbor’s wayward pet. I also saw a Cotton-Tailed Rabbit on the street just in front of the driveway.
The Wood Ducks were lounging on the opposite shoreline near the dam. The Eastern Chipmunk was sneaking up on the porch looking for bird seed treats. I saw an American Robin sitting on a fence post. There even was a Chipping Sparrow on the bird feeder and also a Tufted Titmouse. The Red-Headed Woodpecker and the White-Breasted Nuthatch made themselves known, too! I had a great time looking at all the wildlife! Both of the days I took these pictures on had short, on and off rains. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are some more pictures of the resident Red-Headed Woodpecker that I took yesterday. The bird has learned to use the bird feeder and comes for seed at least once a day. I have decided that Red-Headed Woodpeckers like wooden electric poles. I have seen many woodpeckers on the tall poles. They must get a lot of sound out of pecking on the hard wood. As long as the bird does not damage the pole or the electric equipment, I am not unhappy to let the birds perch on the pole.
I believe that the=re are several Red-Headed Woodpeckers around here. There may be several of these birds in the fringe of hardwood forest that is South of my home at the street. I am quite pleased each time I see the woodpeckers. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Now there are two woodpecker families here. I saw and heard a Red-Bellied Woodpecker here the other day up in one of the pond-side Oaks. It trilled its call a number of times and flitted around the now fully-leafed out branches. I think that there are caterpillars in the Oaks that the woodpeckers find delicious. The other of the woodpeckers in residence here is the Red-Headed Woodpecker. I saw it yesterday up at the top of the electric pole near the house. It too was trilling away. These two kinds of woodpecker have similar calls and songs but the Red-Bellied’s song is louder and longer in my opinion. I took these pictures on May 7, 2012, and again on May 8, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are some photographs I took this past week here on the little farm. A mix of birds, and ducks. Please click on the thumbnail image and Enjoy!
Female Northern Cardinal
Because of our on-going dock construction, there have been few birds, ducks, squirrels, chipmunks and geese here. I am showing a few snapshots that I took in the past few days here in my yards. I had Red-headed Woodpeckers, a Downy Woodpecker, Goldfinches, a Mourning Dove, and the resident lake Canada and Greylag Geese around. I am quite happy to see any birds here right now. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Downy Woodpecker
Canada Geese, Greylag Goose
Male American Goldfinch
Red-bellied, Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker, Hairy, and a Red-headed Woodpecker have all been in my backyard on July 8, 2011 and July 9, 2011. I have a suet hanger full of new suet and that is one of the big attractions at the moment for these birds. I have many mature large Oak and Hickory trees in my lake shore yard, which are also of interest to the woodpeckers. The Red-bellied Woodpecker that has been here most often, is a youngster with very little red on its head. The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker is a male and is in his prime.
The Red-headed is a gem-like beauty with the most handsome black and white feathers and crimson red from the shoulders to the tip-top of its head. The Hairy Woodpecker is a male. Like its smaller cousin but look-alike cousin, the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker male has a red spot way up on the top of its head, slightly at the back. The Hairy Woodpecker also has a bit of a stouter bill than the Downy Woodpecker does. I just get so excited to see all of these woodpeckers here in the yard. I took the pictures from my windows and from my deck on July 8, 2011 and again on July 9, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Hairy Woodpecker
Today I will just show a gallery of the woodpeckers that came to my yards between June 22 – 25, 2011. I mostly took the pictures from my windows. There are two Mallards that camp out in my backyard. These two “guard ducks” fly and quack loudly when they see or hear me out on the deck. A lot of the songbirds also take wing at that moment. I then have to wait several minutes until some of the visiting birds return. They tend not to fly away if I stay still while out on the deck. The deck is about twelve feet up so some of the birds do not notice I am there at times. I am showing a Red-headed Woodpecker, a nearly bald Red-bellied Woodpecker (molting?), a male Hairy Woodpecker (a bit larger than the Downy), and a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker
Male Hairy Woodpecker
Here are a few views of some of the woodpeckers that often come to visit in my yards. The most commonly seen here are the Pileated Woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker, and the Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers. The Red-head is a seasonal visitor. All of the woodpeckers enjoy eating insects, suet, seeds and nuts. They use their long slender bills to drill into the tree bark to find insects or to enlarge holes in the trunks of trees. The woodpeckers nest in hollow cavities of the hardwood trees. I am always very thrilled to see them here. I took these pictures in the last few weeks from my windows or my deck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker