Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers

Several Red-bellied Woodpeckers are daily visitors in my backyard trees and lovers of my feeders.


Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)


Red-bellied Woodpecker (female, no red on top of head)


Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)


However, Red-headed Woodpeckers aren’t so common in our area, let alone my backyard.

Just a couple weeks ago, while doing a little birding on the back deck with my seven year old grandson, he hollered out a species sighting…

“Look, there’s a Red-headed Woodpecker!”

“No, that’d be a Red-bellied Woodpecker, remember?  Where is it?”  I asked.

“Over there, and no it’s not a Red-bellied, it is a Red-headed, Grandma! Look!”, he exclaimed while pointing.

Sure as I’m sitting here typing this, there up in my tree was a Red-headed Woodpecker!!  😁😉

Well, my adrenaline kicked in 😂 and I ran for my camera to capture proof of Matt’s bird sighting, that stunning Red-headed Woodpecker.


Red-headed Woodpecker


Red-headed Woodpecker


I was so darn proud of my grandson and poured on the hugs and congratulations!  He is becoming quite the birder already for a seven year old!  😊

One final shot of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, for fun!


“So where’d that red-headed fella go??”



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