Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Red Headed Woodpecker
Found these woodpeckers along the Missouri river.
Red-headed wood peckers are attracted to burned areas and recent clearings. They usually nest in a hole on a dead tree or a dead branch on a live tree. Red-headed woodpeckers do not use bird houses. Starlings and bluejays will steal their eggs.
The red head is striking to see. A beautiful bird to watch.
These birds are monogamous.
Starlings will out compete the Red headed woodpecker for nesting holes.
The Brown headed cow bird will lay its eggs in a Red headed woodpeckers nest, but the woodpecker will not incubate the the eggs.
When light is low the white lower back also is a sure identification sign. The Ivory billed woodpecker also has a white lower back. Yet it is very rare and is twice the size of the Red-headed.
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands."