Will The Real Red-headed Woodpecker Please Stand Up

Whenever I post a picture of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, like the one below, there are folks who wonder, “Why isn’t he called a Red-headed Woodpecker?”


Well, that wondering stops when the bird who actually bears that name shows up, as happened today in my backyard.


This striking fellow skirted around the edges of the yard, never quite getting close enough for me to capture a crisp picture.

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I could tell he wanted to check out the feeders on the deck, but his rival for the Red-headed title (who happens to have a bigger beak) was jealously guarding the territory and refused to let him come near.


It is rare for a Red-headed Woodpecker to make an appearance in my backyard, so I was thrilled to catch a glimpse of him.


Now, I am busy brain-storming ways to bribe him into sticking around!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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21 Responses to Will The Real Red-headed Woodpecker Please Stand Up

  1. Jodi says:

    GORGEOUS! We have a huge pileated woodpecker visiting our feeders. I keep trying to catch a snap of him, but he is skiddish.

    • kathydoremus says:

      I rarely get those, so you will probably here me squeal all the way in Mars if one shows up in my backyard. Hope he keeps coming and you can get a picture.

      • Jodi says:

        and if I get “Woody’s” picture, I’ll be sure to share! I took a couple, but didn’t get a good one yet…

  2. Wow, they look so different. You get such an incredible variety of birds visiting you. You must be doing something right. I hope you convince your new friend to stick around.

  3. Jill Kuhn says:

    WOWZA! The colors are really brilliant on that red-headed fella!! ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Awesome looking birds, thanks for sharing, Kathy!!! ❤️

  5. I had success a few years back with a suet feeder located under a small tree in an open yard. I think the suet was geared to orioles and blue birds. They like the wood edges.

  6. Wow, I have never seen one of these in real life! He is beautiful!

  7. Tiny says:

    Gorgeous shots!

  8. Little Voice says:

    He is a beauty.

  9. Excellent post, Kathy, showing the differences between the two. 🙂 I hope Mr. Red-head returns!

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