There was much rejoicing in my backyard yesterday, as my Red-headed Woodpecker couple has returned!
Okay, so I don’t think the other birds were really all that thrilled, especially their Red-bellied rivals who have a nest cavity in my Oak tree, but I sure was happy to see them!
These beauties have been seasonal visitors for the past five years or so, and it is always a thrill when they make their first appearance of the spring. I also find that I breathe a sigh of relief, because I’m never quite sure whether or not they will be back.
They tend to be a bit shy when they first arrive and it takes them a little while to remember that the lady holding the camera is the same one who fills the peanut feeders!
These birds are definitely one of my absolute favorites, and I’m hoping these pictures are just a preview of coming attractions!