Jun 2 2008
12:10 am

A single red-headed woodpecker is something of a rare spot.

I imagine that two is even rarer.

(Cropped and 'shopped for color/tone, but otherwise intact.)

Based on descriptions of the bird, I imagine that this is possibly a mated pair. They typically lay eggs in early May with a two-week gestation. Both were spirited browsers, but I don't know that I saw them simultaneously except for a fleeting moment.

(I also watched a male bluebird, at 1/5th of the size, chase one of these fellers out of the yard. The description I mentioned earlier indicates that RHW's are famously omnivorous, eating not only nuts and insects, but also hatchlings and eggs of other birds. The blues are in a nestbox and have a clutch of five, and are fiercely protective of same.)

JPROF's picture

Wonderful picture

Wonderful picture. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jim Stovall

fletch's picture

Never seen even one of

Never seen even one of these, much less two in the same pic. Great catch.

R. Neal's picture

Beautiful! I would say lucky

Beautiful! I would say lucky shot, but luck is when preparation meets opportunity or something like that?

Andy Axel's picture

Something like. I also got a

Something like.

I also got a shot of a prothonotary warbler, although it wasn't really sharp as I'd like. I was shooting with one of those older Nikon IF-ED lenses - you know the ones with the actual aperture ring and made out of battleship plate, the ones with the servo motor that sounds like a wind-up toy? This one. It doesn't have the most accurate AF in the world, although it's still serviceable.


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Pam Strickland's picture

I'm amazed at the hoods. The

I'm amazed at the hoods. The look almost like stocking caps. Incredible creatures.

Pam Strickland

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