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)