Red-headed Woodpecker numbers continue to climb at Blue Jay Barrens. There are at least five individuals that regularly visit the yard, and I frequently see others about the property.
Of course, the Red-headed Woodpecker has a ways to go before it displaces the Blue Jay as the most noticeable bird species here.
The birds are most easily observed at the feeder.
Sunflower seeds are collected in quantity…
… and removed to nearby deadwood snags to be opened and consumed.
It’s generally just one woodpecker at a time at the feeder. Others wait in the trees for their turn at the seed.
I’m becoming used to hearing the calls of these beautifully colored birds. I hope the Blue Jay Barrens population continues to grow.