Tag Archives: Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker, Learning to Forage

There were two Pileated Woodpeckers in a Live Oak tree above my head, picking through the Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern. The vegetation looks lovely in the tree, but sure limits photography of birds.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I never saw what they were eating but it appeared to be berries or nuts, and no pecking was going on.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

It is likely this was an adult teaching a juvenile as a few times the younger looking one was just watching then got fed.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

One came out into the open just before they flew off.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

July 23, 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

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are industrious and fun to watch when feeding in plain view.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

This one was in the drinking phase of his routine, from holes previously made in the bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Holding still on a short break I got a nice profile view showing off that sturdy beak and beautiful color pattern.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

They tend to circle the tree, moving up and down, enough to make the photographer dizzy guessing where they will reappear.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker Pair

I didn’t have a great view when I first spotted this pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. I was pretty sure the one on the right zipped into that hole while I maneuvered around the tree between us.

Pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Tree
Pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Tree

I watched for him to come out before turning my attention to the other one as he was pecking on the tree. Then I could hear the second one calling.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

The question then was to keep watching the first subject or risk missing some action there and look for the second. I succumbed to looking and he eventually popped up behind this branch. Or was there the whole time and I just didn’t notice.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

He quickly flew off. Meanwhile the first one had moved a little higher, paused a moment, then also flew off.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

Pileated Woodpecker

I heard a number of woodpeckers as I wandered along the boardwalk though the Bald Cypress forest at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

The only one I spotted for more than a second was this Pileated Woodpecker who was in view for less then a minute.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I do love that flash of red.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
January 2, 2020

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers feed at sapwells, shallow holes they have drilled in tree’s bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Like other woodpeckers, Sapsuckers are industrious, and usually their work is in tidy rows.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Check out his sharp beak and the spread of his foot!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

As the sapsucker worked around the tree additional sapwells came into view.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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