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Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

This Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker’s movement in some dead trees caught my eye. I could hear cheeping from him and two or three others nearby.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

The conundrum of where to look: I decided not to take my eyes off this one. If he flew I likely wouldn’t spot him as he blended in with the Spanish moss and snags. And I may not be able to spot the others.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

He performed the classic rotation around the limb woodpecker maneuver.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

He paused for a moment before zipping off into a leafy tree with no photo opportunity.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 19, 2021

Red-headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a bird that I have only glimpsed, generally flying away from me. Then a few weeks ago I saw two in less than ten minutes!

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

The second one, perhaps a mate to the first, tormented Ted and me with knocking that we could not locate. Who knew they could make such a racket inside a tree?

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

Once out of the cavity he stuck to the shady side of the tree.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker