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Old Feb 1, 2016, 9:45 PM   #1
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Had a rather unusual visitor at the home park recently. We have plenty of woodpeckers, including downy, hairy, red-bellies, pileated, as well as flickers and sapsuckers. But we almost never see this species here.
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This one is not quite mature. You can tell by the mixture of darker feathers on his head. By next year, his head feathers will all be bright red.
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Red headed woodpeckers were once much more common, but they are getting scarcer. They depend on old-growth deciduous forests, with scattered openings.
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They are also one of the most omnivorous of the woodpeckers. They probably eat as much fruit and nuts as they do insects. See the beech nut in his beak?
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This American Bird grasshopper would be quite a snack for Red Head. (can you tell which photo was taken with the M 75-150, and which with the FA 50 macro?)
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This squirrel sure looks happy to be using Mr. Woodpecker's den tree!
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Will continue to keep an eye on the Red Head, hoping he chooses to stick around and maybe even invite some of his friends. Hope you enjoyed seeing him here, and that you'll share your comments!
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Winners all, Mole! A most excellent series. I've never seen a red-headed anywhere except in books. Lucky you! Right time, right place, with a camera!
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Wonderful shots! My favourite has to be the squirrel poking his head out!
Thanks for sharing.
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The squirrel picture is great.

I haven't seen a redhead woodpecker before in the wild. Great photos.
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