Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Red-Headed Woodpecker

There's a new bird in the hood and I'm not quite sure as to whether I want him (or her) to hang around or not- perhaps just long enough to capture a few more photos.  This gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker has been visiting our back yard consistently for the past couple of weeks.  So far I have only one half-decent shot of him...

Since this species is new to me, I did some online reading to learn more.  According to the information, the red-heads are aggressive, particularly during breeding season.  Many bird species are, so that's nothing new.  What worries me most is that they may remove the eggs of other species from nests and nest boxes or destroy other birds’ nests.  Also, they sometimes raid bird nests to eat eggs and nestlings; they may occasionally eat adult birds.  I know it's nature, but still it bothers me. Only a few weeks ago a Sharp-shinned Hawk stalked and attacked some of the birds at the feeders- a daily occurrence until I temporarily took some feeders down and moved the others.  I haven't seen the hawk around in several days and I hope he's moved on.  Perhaps this red-head will find plenty of insects, fruit and seeds to satisfy his appetite and he'll avoid preying upon other birds and their eggs. I'll be watching him as much as possible...

We'll soon be over the hump of this week.  I hope yours has been a good one thus far.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment- they are much appreciated.  

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  1. WOW! He/she isgorgeous adn I would want him/ her to hangaround for a while.

  2. That is a fabulous looking bird. Really nice capture.

  3. Always nice to get a new bird in the garden and what a beauty it is too.

  4. Hi Susan. What a joy to find such a colourful 'new' species visiting your back yard.

    I can understand your concern about the possible effect on other species but like the Hawk it is all part of natures balance.

  5. Thanks, Susan.
    The Redheaded Woodpecker was a real treat to the eyes.
    Well done!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

  6. The Redheaded Woodie is beautiful. I love all the woodies.. Great shot and post..

  7. Love the image of him perched on that lichen-covered branch.

  8. We have Northern around Tampa. This guy is pretty

  9. He's a handsome bird, but I hope he doesn't disrupt things in your garden!

  10. My favorite woodpecker! I did not know about their shenanigans, though. Despite that, they are very beautiful. Also enjoyed the Luna moth and all the beautiful blooms on your other posts. Have. Great weekend, Susan!