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Look who also found the Red Mulberries; today, A Red-Readed Woodpecker:

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A juvenile Red-tail hawk in the yard this morning looking really fierce.  Additionally, Eastern Bluebird courtship started today (later than usual due to the cold weather). I cleaned out the birdhouses on my Bluebird Trail this morning. Also a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers searching for spiders and eating raw peanuts this morning. The Hairy Woodpecker appears to be banded:

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Red Shoulders rarely take birds; they sen to prefer frogs, crawfish, and stream inhabitants (like water snakes). When things are frozen they seem to turn to voles, mice, etc. – they seem to leave the feeding songbirds alone. Infact, they are busy feeding very near to him. If a Coopers Hawk is in the area, there are no songbirds to be seen. These photos taken through a window with double-pane glass:

 

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Unusual series of photos showing a Red headed Woodpecker caching whole acorns in large drilled holes. Usually, I see them caching acorn bits from acorns they open on the ground; more typically like the last photo – taken the same day within a Canon 7D and a Canon 400 DO IS lens:

 

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Having only a few months (May – July) with these beautiful birds is not enough. Differences: Scarlet Tanager is fiery colored with black wings and a black tail (when you see one you will know what it is immediately), they are insect eaters  – the Summer Tanager is very rosy and primarily eats bees and wasps. The Scarlet Tanager’s are harder to find; due to the 10-20 acre territory compared to the Summer Tanagers need for only 1-2 acres. Both inhabit tall tree canopies and only make trips to the ground to drink or in the case of the Scarlet Tanager to trap an insect. Pictures taken Tuesday morning with a Canon 70D and a Canon EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens:

 

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Took a few photos of a Red-eyed Vireo in the back yard today. I love their constant song. They are medium sized within a bright red eye and so hard to spot up in the tree canopy. These are several photos of the same bird moving about a Box Elder branch.

Size & Shape
Red-eyed Vireos are large, chunky vireos with a long, angular head, thick neck, and a strong, long bill with a small but noticeable hook at the tip. The body is stocky and the tail fairly short.

Color Pattern
Red-eyed Vireos are olive-green above and clean white below with a strong head pattern: a gray crown and white eyebrow stripe bordered above and below by blackish lines. The flanks and under the tail have a green-yellow wash. Adults have red eyes that appear dark from a distance; immatures have dark eyes.

Behavior
They forage in deciduous canopies where they can be difficult to find among the green leaves. They move slowly and methodically, carefully scanning leaves above and below for their favored caterpillar prey. However, their habit of near-incessant singing in summer, even in the heat of midafternoon, helps draw attention to them.

Habitat
Large expanses of deciduous forest, particularly deciduous trees with large leaves (such as maples), typify Red-eyed Vireo habitat during the breeding season. On migration, look for them in nearly any type of forest, woodland, or woodlot (particularly in deciduous stands). It is often the commonest of vireo migrants.

 

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On last Saturday morning while driving in a bottom field along the Little Buffalo River, where there are dozens of acres of forage grounds for the Red-headed woodpecker, I spotted one making a nest in a hole in the side of a barkless elm tree. The forage grounds, consists of swamp white oaks, sycamores, beech, hackberry, cottonwood, elm, and a few smaller species of trees. The elms tend to drop their bark the year after they die. This makes them perfect for woodpeckers. Taken with a 1D Mark III and an EF600L f/4 IS:

 

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