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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Winter increases the Red-headed Woodpecker sightings

Are Red-headed Woodpeckers common in our area?

Red-headed woodpeckers are the only North American Woodpeckers that have an entirely red head and neck. Red-bellied Woodpeckers and downys show red only on the forehead and/or crown.

They were very common woodpeckers in Michigan before their available nesting areas were reduced by land development and the introduction of the European Starlings.

Red-headed woodpeckers breed in deciduous woodlands with dead (or partially dead) trees available for nest cavities. In the north, they live in mature stands of forest, especially oak, oak-hickory, maple, ash, and beech.

In fall, many Red-headed Woodpeckers migrate south to mid-Michigan from Canada, depending on food supply. Like the other woodpeckers they eat suet, peanuts, acorns, beechnuts, pecans, and many kinds of fruits (including apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, mulberries, and poison ivy fruits).

Related Articles:
There are eight woodpeckers found in Michigan. http://eight-woodpeckers.html
Photo Share: Picture of a red-headed woodpecker http://red-headed.html
Checkerboard Bird: Rare visitor to mid-Michigan feeders in winter http:/checkerboard-bird.html
What’s the best suet for Michigan wild birds? http://bit.ly/tcKasp 

Fun Facts about Woodpeckers http://bit.ly/tQ5lwt 
How do I Attract Woodpeckers? http://bit.ly/o4CLqI

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