I didn’t realize how many woodpeckers we have right in my own backyard. I was actually trying to capture a different one when this specimen came into view. The one I had seen earlier was a Red-bellied woodpecker but this is the red-headed variety. The two are similar but the red-bellied one has red on the back of the head only.
All of the woodpeckers seem to be quite fond of suet feeders but they are also easy to scare away. At first, this one landed on the side of the dogwood tree where my suet feeder hangs but when he spotted me, zipped around the back side. You can see he peeked around the side in the first image and only hopped out after a while of checking the situation first.
I call this bird “he” but since the plumage of the male and female of this species are the same, I don’t know which this is. I’m sure the birds can tell the difference so, I guess that’s all that counts.
Roswell, Georgia, USA
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800