The Usual Order of Events

Much to my delight, the Red-headed Woodpecker that returned in the spring has continued to show up during the summer months.  I have to confess, he is a pretty predictable fellow.

His usual order of events is to first swoop in and survey the surroundings.

Then, once he has determined that the coast is clear (or at least that no bigger beaks are lurking about) he hops over to the Bark Butter.

Rather than immediately munching, he then gives another glance around, and usually a bit of a threatening glare just to be on the safe side.

Finally, he scoops up a glob of suety goodness and flies off to enjoy it at a more secluded location.

Despite the wee bit of molting that you can see on his head feathers, this guy is still the most stunning bird in the backyard.

17 thoughts on “The Usual Order of Events

  1. Oh how I long for him to visit us! We have ones with red tops but not full red heads like this gorgeous guy!!

    1. Thank you! These pictures were taken with a Canon T3i with a 70-300mm lens, but I also use a Canon SX50HS when I need a little extra zoom – it is a great camera for birding.

      1. Wow your photos came out very sharp! I think I must have bought the cheap version of the 70-300mm bc I don’t think mine has image stabilization and a lot of my far away shots end up being pretty blurry or have a weird halo around it. Do you have the 70-300mm that was more around the $500 price range?

        1. The lens was about $450 and definitely has IS. I am blessed that the birds are usually pretty close, which helps. I strap branches to my deck and am usually standing about 12-15 feet away.

  2. I’m glad to hear they are doing well in your area. I rarely see them owing to fewer oaks and floodplain forest, I guess. He/she is certainly good looking!

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