Red-headed Woodpecker

Although I have seen several Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) in the wild, they were never close enough to photograph. And then it happened!

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

I spent the morning of 07 March 2016 photowalking Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve with mixed success, so I decided to stop by Huntley Meadows Park on the way home.

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

I was surprised to see Mike Powell‘s car in the parking lot. Mike likes to start early and knock off by mid-afternoon. We met up and checked out one of our favorite spots. More about what we saw in a follow-up post.

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

As we were walking out of the park, I thought I heard Southern Leopard Frogs trilling near the trail. Mike correctly recognized the sound as one of several Red-headed Woodpecker calls. Mike scanned the tree canopy and quickly spotted the woodpecker high overhead.

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

It was nearly impossible to find an unobstructed view of the woodpecker. Fortunately a few of my shots are good enough to share. Nothing great, but hey, it’s a start!

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3 Responses to “Red-headed Woodpecker”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Congratulations, Walter, on some really good shots of the elusive Red-headed Woodpecker–they really showcase the spectacular red of the woodpecker’s head. We were not that far apart as we shot, but your perspective shows that there were at least three cavities in a row–I was zoomed in so much that I never even saw the lowest one.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Mike. And thanks again for spotting the Red-headed Woodpecker — I thought I’d NEVER be close enough to photograph this beautiful species of bird!

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