I spotted this Red-headed Woodpecker just as I was leaving the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma a few days ago. I don’t see many of these birds while I’m out and about. The ones I do see have been at this same refuge. Most of the time I will only get a glimpse of one. I was lucky I had my camera in my lap and I was able to get a few photos before it flew away. The light was harsh, but I was still happy to get this photo.
I went back through my photos and found only one other Red-headed Woodpecker photo that I had taken (Red-headed Woodpecker On A Fence Post). This photo was made back in June of 2009 here in Arkansas.
Red-headed Woodpecker Facts
- These birds fly to catch insects in the air or on the ground, forage on trees or gather and store nuts.
- They are omnivorous, eating insects, seeds, fruits, berries, nuts, and occasionally even the eggs of other birds.
- About two-thirds of their diet is made up of plants.
- Is one of only four North American woodpeckers known to store food, and it is the only one known to cover the stored food with wood or bark.
- This woodpecker is a once common but declining bird species found in southern Canada and east-central United States.
- Consistent long-term population declines have resulted in red-headed woodpecker’s threatened status in Canada and several states in the US.
- Red-headed Woodpeckers are fierce defenders of their territory.
- The oldest Red-headed Woodpecker on record was banded in 1926 in Michigan and lived to be at least 9 years, 11 months old.