Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Red-headed Woodpeckers, September 13, 2017

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, September 6, 2017
Red-headed Woodpeckers, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, are not as common as they used to be due to habitat loss. They are cavity-nesting birds that need dead or dying trees with natural cavities to raise their young. They eat insects, fruit, corn, nuts, and seeds. You may be able to attract them to your yard by providing sunflower seeds, corn, and suet.

If natural cavities are not available, they may drill out nesting places in utility poles. I spotted these two on a light pole at the baseball field in Booneville City Park.

Have a great day!

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  1. ...easy to see how they got their name.

  2. Hello, I love these Red-headed woodpeckers. I wish they were in my area, great shots. Have a happy day!

  3. They are attractive and fascinating birds! I haven't seen any here for a while--lots of woodpeckers but it's probably been a year since I've seen the Red-Headed WPs. Great photos!

  4. Love seeing your pics of the Red-headed Woodpecker. I have only photographed one just a couple months ago at Kentucky Lake. Wish I had one visit my yard. Maybe I should put a suet feeder further out on my property to see if I get a visitor. Thanks.

  5. Oh Lea those are just wonderful!! We see them when we're in Florida, but I have never gotten such good pix -- especially of two at once. I just hope the Hurricane hasn't hurt any of the birds we usually see when we're there. We'll have to wait until Fall to see.

  6. Jealous I am!!!! Wonderful, colorful images of your finding the woodpeckers.

    Thanks again for linking in Lea.


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