The Neighborhood Naturalist

Red-Headed Woodpecker/Melanerpes erythrocephalus/(Image source: David Hoyt)

The Red-Headed Woodpecker may be the most spectacular resident bird in our area. Spotting one in the woods is always a treat. On this occasion, I was lucky enough to observe a breeding pair with their offspring. They were clearly enjoying themselves on a fine September morning, the adults spiraling together from one snag to another in a clearing, before occasionally rejoining with the juvenile.

Adult and juvenile Red-Headed Woodpeckers/(Image source: David Hoyt)

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