Red-headed Woodpeckers and a Pileated Woodpecker were the focus of my picture-taking efforts on several days in the last couple of months. I took the photographs of the Red-headed Woodpeckers at a small pasture area where there are lots of dead standing Pine Trees. That pasture is very close to the entrance to the development where I live. These tall dead trees provide the woodpeckers a place to live and also sometimes have many insects that the birds eat.
The Young Pileated Woodpecker was spotted in my own front yard. That was the only time I have seen a Pileated Woodpecker here in Florida in the few months I have made my hone here in Marion County, Florida. I had also seen a Downy Woodpecker here in my front yard once, and that was back in March. Sorry to say, I missed getting a picture of that particular bird here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I hope you’ll enjoy these pictures. I really love spotting and photographing my favorite birds, the Woodpeckers!
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!
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!
- Downy Woodpecker
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!
Actually many little birds told me. That is, they told me that I need to refill the bird feeder with bird seed. These tiny birds are just mobbing the feeder. We fill this feeder every three days and it is not a small feeder. Not that I mind very much. I delight in seeing the White-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Chickadees, House Finches, Northern Cardinals, and Tufted Titmice that are now regulars at the feeder.
I also see one of the Red-headed Woodpeckers at the feeder. I am no longer seeing any Red-winged Blackbirds or Brown-headed Cowbirds here at the feeder. One bird that does not eat seed is the Eastern Bluebird. I am showing a youngster that is just now turning orange and blue. Bluebirds eat insects and are a wonderful bird to have here. I took these pictures from my living room window and from the yard on August 28, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!
The Northern Mockingbird has been a great mimic of Red-headed Woodpecker here. I have been fooled a few times thinking I was hearing a Red-headed Woodpecker or a Red-bellied Woodpecker or even a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker! Now I know why. Oh the Woodpecker and the Mockingbird should be friends (to paraphrase and borrow from the great musical play, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein). Ha!
I was out with the camera on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and saw this juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker up on the dead top of one of the Oak Trees next to the pond here. There also was a Northern Mockingbird up near the Woodpecker. Both seemed busy working on finding insects in the tree. I think that the youngster just was inexperienced and did not mind the presence of that Mockingbird. My guess anyway. Note that the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker actually has a dark brown head. They do not get that scarlet red color until adulthood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!