August 21, 2016

Red-headed woodpecker,Rondeau Provincial Park, August 21, 2016

An adult red-headed woodpecker has been showing up in the yard with four young birds in tow.
We aren't sure if they all belong to the adult if some from another bird are just tagging along.

Melanerpes erythrocephalus
The Red-headed Woodpecker benefited from the chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease outbreaks of the twentieth century. Though these diseases devastated trees they provided many nest sites and foraging opportunities for the woodpeckers.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

1 comment:

dwaynejava said...

Rick, this is one of my favorite birds. I'm glad to see they had a successful brood of fledglings. -Dwayne