A pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers make their home in the Oak tree in the shady grove next to the little farm pond here. I had not seen much of the woodpeckers since we have had such dry weather for the past several weeks. It also was the molting season when the birds are very inactive. I took these pictures on July 9, 2012 from my yard. I saw both birds out. One was up on its usual high perch on the electric pole and the other was perched in the thinning leaves of the Oak tree. The trees have been shedding leaves like mad because of the drought here. I am quite happy that it rained steadily yesterday morning and early afternoon here.
I heard the birds communicating between each other but it was not the usual call or song. Instead of the normal song or call, I heard both birds make a crackling sound that was very low and different. I think that this is a normal thing but I have just never have heard the Red-headed Woodpeckers do this before. I am happy that it’s raining here this morning. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are some of the resident Red-headed Woodpeckers and Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpeckers that I saw around the little farm in the past few days. I also saw one Red-bellied Woodpecker but the pictures I took were way too bad to post except for the one here which is marginal. I sure to love seeing all of these Woodpeckers here.
There are a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers here in the Oaks next to the pond and a pair of the Flickers that live in the gulch below the pond’s dam. There are likely seven Red-headed Woodpeckers in the neighborhood and maybe three or four Red-bellied Woodpeckers around, too. I think there may be a Downy Woodpecker or two in the neighborhood but I seldom see them. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!
These three Red-Headed Woodpeckers were flying around the yard here on May 24, 2012 in the late afternoon. I think one must have been a female and the other two males but it is quite hard to tell which gender these birds are since both males and females look pretty-much alike. The birds were either on the electric pole or up in the crown of one of the Oaks that is next to the pond. They seemed to be agitated to a degree. That same Oak was where the Great Blue Heron recently perched. The dead top of that tree is a popular place for the birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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
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!
A Red-Headed Woodpecker has come to live in one of the Oak Trees beside the little farm pond here. This particular woodpecker is the same one that was drinking water out of the rain gutter on my front porch several days ago. Because the bird feeder is right next to the porch and so many birds are now coming to the feeder for a bite to eat, the Red-Headed Woodpecker has recently learned how to use the feeder. I was amazed at the sight. The bird feeder only has seed and not any suet so I was surprised to see the woodpecker using it.
By the way, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard Duck have also learned that this magical feeder drops bits of corn and other delightful seeds once in a while! Unfortunately for me, the Grey Squirrel was around yesterday and was trying to figure out why everyone else was invited to this fine party. I imagine it will only be a matter of time… Oh well! I’ll cross that bridge when it becomes a problem. Ha! I took these pictures on April 30. 2012 from my living room window and porch. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the largerpicture. Enjoy!
The Red-headed Woodpecker that was pecking or drumming on the rain gutter on my porch roof the other day (4/18/12), was simply getting itself a cool drink of rain water. At first, I thought that one of the newly arrived flock of Red-headed Woodpeckers was trying to drill a hole either in the siding of my home or on the tin metal roof of my porch. It turns out, the bird simply was thirsty. The Red-headed Woodpeckers like eating, and in general, being up high, I think.
It makes sense that the bird would rather perch and drink up on the roof where it could scout out the territory and keep an eye on all the other birds and animals. The alternative would be for the bird to land and walk to the pond and dip or fly and try to quickly dip before any large predator might catch it. I keep hearing the calls of the Red-headed Woodpeckers as well as other kinds of woodpeckers, here in the area of my little farm. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!