Red Alert

Look who is still hanging around!  My Red-headed Woodpecker showed up yesterday and landed on the Bark Butter branch.  He seemed bit more alert and on edge than usual, glancing about several times before heading over to the food.

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He eventually started to eat, but was quick to flash an open-beaked glare at any other birds that got too close.  In fact, before landing on the branch he had already chased away a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a young Hairy Woodpecker.

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Hmmm…extra alert and extra aggressive…sure enough…perched in the treetop at the edge of the yard was the baby he brought with him.  I hope this little guy comes closer one day soon so I can get a better picture, but isn’t it wonderful how well he is camouflaged!

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Now, I’m not really sure if the adult is a Mama or a Papa, but I’m dubbing him a Dad -we’ll just call it blogger’s prerogative. Anyway, Dad flew off with a beakful of food and then returned about ten minutes later for round two.

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Is he not just exquisite!  I have never had a Red-headed Woodpecker come around as often as this one, so I have been beyond thrilled to have him as a regular visitor.

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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22 Responses to Red Alert

  1. Pretty special. I saw one of these with my 6 year old grandson last summer. He keeps asking when we can go see it again. If it only eas that simple 🙂

  2. Wow, Kathy! Oh and the baby just melts my heart! These are stunning shots, absolutely stunning. No artist could ever resist these. Thank you (imagine that all in caps)! Particular the first with such great shading, will make my job easier (haha I should say “should”, as I never know how they will go)! Bless you!

  3. aussiebirder says:

    Great pics of a stunning bird Kathy!

  4. What a lovely series, and I do hope the chick gets closer in coming days!

  5. Sheila Moss says:

    You are good at spotting things. I wouldn’t have known the chick was a woodpecker.

  6. Wiepkjen says:

    Great shots. Must be truly wonderful to have all these birds around.

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    How exciting that dad came back with junior! Amazing how well junior blends in with the tree branch! Wow! ❤️💖💜

  8. Snehal Kank says:

    What a lovely “red alert” 🙂

  9. kathydoremus says:

    If you could see him in person you would fall instantly in love!

  10. Kathy he is gorgeous and I would be so excited if he was visiting my yard. Your photo’s capture his spirit, those bold colours and a glint in his eye. I’m in love.

  11. de Wets Wild says:

    He is incredibly dashing! And you get all his best angles in your photos, Kathy!

  12. Jodi says:

    That red head STILL blows me away! 🙂

  13. Trail Walker says:

    You are SO lucky to have this handsome visitor. Of course, it is a result of the beautiful habitat you have set up, so it is no wonder he returns often. Fantastic shots and especially good to see the baby.

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