Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red-Headed Woodpecker, March 22, 2017

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, February 17, 2017
Red-headed Woodpeckers, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, can be found in the eastern half of the United States and in southeastern Canada. They eat nuts, seeds, fruit, and insects (sometimes catching them in the air). Nests are built in cavities of dead or dying trees, but if a natural cavity is not available they can use their strong bills to dig out a nesting place. Habitat loss is reducing their numbers, but they are not yet listed as threatened.

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  1. Oh isn't it handsome! I usually start seeing these and red bellied here in April ... I suspect they're here now, but hiding in the swamp until most of the people leave.

  2. Great shot. It's a different rrd than the ones I'm used to.

  3. What great birds woodpeckers are - so far this year I have seen two. One in India and one in Indonesia! Would be nice to have some in Australia, but thats not the way biology works!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  4. Looks like he is taking a break from pecking! Great shot.

  5. He's a smart looking bird. Love that deep red colouration.

  6. WOW! Your red-headed woodpecker is gorgeous out your way, Lea!!! A beautiful pic!!...:)JP

  7. There is one that comes to my feeder occasionally. Funny thing, I have seen more of them in the past few years than ever! Just seems like wherever we go, we see one or two. BTW, this is a really nice pic. The one that comes here is so shy I cannot move without it flies.

  8. Très bel oiseau ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

  9. not sure I have seen this one before. It has a very nice coloring :)


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