Red Headed Woodpecker

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This red headed guy (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), from the Family PICIDAE, usually prefers the telephone pole, but he has been visiting the tube feeder full of sunflower seeds the last couple of days. It appears that he is eating the bugs on this oak tree and he may have been, but this time, he was leaning over to the right and snatching some sunflower seeds. I couldn’t tell for sure, but he may have been cracking them on the tree trunk or stashing them in the bark for a future meal.

Cornell Lab of Orinthology’s Cool Fact:

In addition to attacking other birds to keep them out of its territory, the Red-headed Woodpecker is also known to remove the eggs of other species from nests and nest boxes, destroy nests, and even to enter duck-nesting boxes and puncture the duck eggs.

Not exactly a charming personality-eh? I’ll have to stick up for this one, as I have not seen this particular character trait. If he is attacking other birds around here, he is not very successful.

(sighting @ feeder: sunny & hot, 1600)

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3 Responses to Red Headed Woodpecker

  1. Donna says:

    Nice picture Sheri! 🙂 Your red headed guy is a handsome bird. I have not seen that kind of woodpecker on the other side of the state where I am. We get a couple of different kinds of woodpeckers at the feeder. One of them, the Red-bellied Woodpecker (8.5 inches), straddles the tube feeder as if it was riding a horse! It is funny looking.

  2. Elaine says:

    Lovely picture.

    I’m not a fan of the woodpeckers up here as they seem to prefer pecking on my house to the trees. Drives the dogs and me crazy when it happens.

  3. Chrystal says:

    Well, it looks like the little cutie has an attitude. Looks like you got a pretty sweet little guy though.

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