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

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Pictures taken 2/11 next to the Little Buffalo River:

 

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One of my favorite photos ! Shows a Mid-December Pileated Woodpecker and two holes he dug (both typical elongated Pileated Woodpecker holes). Taken last Sunday morning.

 

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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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A beautiful and colder morning again finds this Red-headed Woodpecker in Murray Valley against a backdrop of sycamore trees:

 

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Until the become adults, Red-headed woodpeckers sport a gray head. Babies are born gray headed. During the first fall, they begin a molt that leaves them completely red headed. This bird is in the in-between stage and I think has a slightly shorter tail that a mature bird:

 

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