Archive for the ‘Woodpeckers’ Category

Wings UP!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I’ve finally added a new album in my Picasa Web Albums.  You can view all of the latest uploads in “Wings Up”.

Downy Woodpecker (male)


Northern Cardinal (male)


Woodpecker Stack

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Click on the Woodpecker to go to the “stack”


woodpecker stack

Red-headed & Pileated Woodpeckers

Friday, August 28th, 2009


He was far away but I got off one shot!

Nearly as large as a crow, the Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in most of North America. Its loud ringing calls and huge, rectangular excavations in dead trees announce its presence in forests across the continent.





I was trying to hide in some low hanging tree branches but the Red-headed Woody  spotted me anyway .. ha

An unmistakable bird, the Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  is striking at rest and in flight, showing its colors of red, black, and white. It is one of the most aggressive members of the family and one of the most omnivorous








Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I saw this woodpecker when I was driving down the road … not a very good shot but at least I got him




 “Although most non-birders believe that the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a fictitious bird created just for the humorous name, in fact it is a widespread species of small woodpecker. Its habit of making shallow holes in trees to get sap is exploited by other bird species, and the sapsucker can be considered a "keystone" species, one whose existence is vital for the maintenance of a community.”

Northern Flicker (yellow shafted) – Colaptes auratus

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

“Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants are its favorite food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue to lap up the ants.”

Female Northern Flicker

Male Northern Flicker

I’ve waited a long time to get a decent shot of the Flicker. The female landed on a branch right in front of me. If I would have been an inch closer, I wouldn’t have got the shot with the lens that I was using (Canon 400mm) The male landed on a pole right in front of my house :o)

Downy Woodpecker (male)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

This Downy Woodpecker has become a regular at the feeders. He comes several times a day to grab a peanut! The female Downy has started coming over also but not as much as the male. Hopefully, she will become a more frequent visitor along with her mate :o) He finally saw me in the window and took off! He will be back soon!