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.
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!