Sunday, December 29, 2013

Red-headed Woodpecker

Yesterday, 28 December 2013, Erika and I took advantage of 43-degree (F) weather for a short walk at Big Woods. This State Park is a reliable location to find Red-headed Woodpeckers, which can be elsewhere difficult to find. We found three—this first fed in an interesting manner. Notice that the bird is not propping itself by its stiff tail. Instead the woodpecker ran/hopped sideways in the upright posture evident in the first two photos. It tore at the rotten wood and devoured what appears to be a large grub.
As indicated by the striking black patches in its white wings, the last woodpecker is relatively young. The bird carried a large acorn to the top of a tall tree. If only I took this photograph more quickly, before the bird cached the acorn in the  top of the tree!

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