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Last week I came across a new area where Redheaded Woodpeckers were foraging and nesting. There were hundreds of debarked trees; old elms, sycamores, cottonwoods, hackberries, persimmons, and oaks. I noticed one redheaded woodpecker and then a dozen  more sharing the same area. One pair was nesting only 4-5 feet above ground; the rest 20-35 feet up. That was the lowest RH Woodpecker nesting I have ever seen. It was dark and raining so I could not use a good setting to “stop” action, so a may photos are not clear or just OOF. Not happy with the photos. There are a lot of photos; no sun until late afternoon:

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WOW ! What a contrast in color ! Click to Enlarge photos. Their are about 100 of them and they are really LOUD!:

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

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Saw this many times yesterday in the backyard and got a few long distance photos, that I cropped. I doesn’t take long to remember how beautiful RHW’s are:

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He/she finally landed in a tree on a dead branch:

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This redheaded woodpecker was pounding and scooping out a hole for nesting. He worked on this project for hours while I watched and photographed the event (229 photos total). I used a Canon 50D with a EF400L f/5.6 Lens.

 

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Got about 100 photos yesterday in a location along the Little Buffalo River. They are a NEAR-THREATENED species with numbers declining every year due to loss of habitat. Redheaded Woodpeckers live in pine savannahs and other open forests with clear understories. Open pine plantations, treerows in agricultural areas, and standing timber in beaver swamps and other wetlands all attract Red-headed Woodpeckers.

 

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Thinking that they would fledge 3-4 yesterday 6/22, I spend several hours closely watching the nesting hole; it did not happen. I went back today, more feeding, and slightly bolder chicks. I did, however, get lots of action shots of the pair’s final days for feeding the nestlings in their nesting hole:

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