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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:





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


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This guy was calling and caching acorns yesterday; very intent on his work; so intent that I was allowed to approach the tree:



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I found this pair with 2 nestlings from the car window this morning, over near the Little Buffalo River. They were busy feeding wasps and aquatic insects to the babies. In the final photo, you have to look up and right to see the nest hole and the nestling. This may be the 2nd brood; not sure ??





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In a broken off tree in the backyard (first time I’ve seen a Red-headed Woodpecker in the yard), a young red-headed woodpecker !! They are born around the first of June with a completely grey head which they keep for most of the first year until the first molt in early spring the following year; he/she is in the molting process now. Taken with a Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon 600mm f/4 and a 1.4 TC:


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The temperatures are supposed to hover in the mid to upper 90s for afternoon highs starting tomorrow. We completely missed lout on all the rain this Friday and Saturday. It formed east of Newton County, Arkansas. Next chance appears to be next Saturday or Sunday. I am thankful for the rain we received so far this year, but we still need a little rain now and then throughout the summer. The photos show the beautiful coloring of a Red-headed woodpecker in flight including the numerous white wing and body feathers.

We got a few long range (100 yards from tree) photos of a pair of Red-headed woodpeckers feeding thier nestlings yesterday, but, we tried to capture them while in flight to and from the nesting hole (whioch can be seen in one photo). We used a Canon 50D with a 400mm f/5.6 lens (ISO 1600, Speed 1/2,500 of a second):


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Another photo in a continuing series on a pair of Redheaded woodpeckers mating and nesting this April 2013:



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An ongoing series about the redheaded woodpeckers near Parthenon, Arkansas:



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An ongoing series on the Mating of a pair of Red-headed woodpeckers near Parthenon, Arkansas:



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A continuing series of redheaded woodpecker behavior. Today they are working together guarding the territory (river cane out of focus behind them):





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Yesterday was a gorgeous day; the temperature here in Murray Valley reached 40F. I spotted a pair of Red headed woodpeckers in the Little Buffalo River bottoms near their forage area. They are nesting high in some dead trees not far from the river. The pair spent the day removing old material, possibly forage, from the hole they selected; maybe making 30 trips around the tree in the hour I watched. They ate lots of wasps also. Guess they are plentiful on these sunny warner days. They are magnificent birds !!!

We are expecting a cool down the first part of this week an then much warmer next week. I now expect the main warbler and vireo migration to begin around April 15th; nesting always begins in late April and early May:



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