A red-headed woodpecker graced our woods this morning. I spotted him first, and the flash of his bright head made it easy for my boys and husband to find him. We snapped a quick picture, but he was quite far away. (photo left)
He visited again this afternoon. I went outside to try to get a better picture. I could hear his distinct squeak of a call, followed by the indisputable pecking. He was near, but not visible. Patience paid off as he rewarded me with a fly bay, landing about 20 feet in front of me. (photo right)
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Never staying in one place for long, he flew away to survey the trees in our backyard, when a red-bellied woodpecker landed nearby him. The red-headed woodpecker went after him, and the red-bellied sought refuge in a nearby tree, only to be chased again by the red-headed. Their battle went from tree to tree in a flurry of bright flashes of color until the red-bellied conceded defeat and flew off.
The red-headed woodpecker visited many times throughout the afternoon, providing a nice Sunday treat. Check out “Did You Know” in the upper left corner for some neat woodpecker facts. Hitting ‘refresh’ brings up a new fact.