Pileated Woodpecker Box

Hope for woodpeckers nesting in it.

Immature male Downy Woodpecker

I know you cant see the red that indicates that he is a male; but it’s very faint and on the top of his head.

Female Downy Woodpecker

Juvenile Downy Woodpecker at the nestbox

When we put up this nestbox last winter, we thought that either a House Sparrow or starling would take it. (which would be nice, first come first serve) Since we put it up several birds have considered it, chickadees, starlings, and now a woodpecker. He would bang on the birdhouse, widen the opening, then go and collect wood chips from the fence, then he would return and put them in the birdhouse. I read that some birds have their oldest brood to help make the nest and take care of the new babies. This is the second time that a Downy has been in our backyard and now we might have a nest! We aren’t going to go near the box until they (hopefully) have a nest since birds can abandon their unfinished nests but are very unlikely to abandon eggs or young.

Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker nest building

The male went inside the hole and then came out, he then called the female over.

Banded Carolina Wren and Downy Woodpecker/nest ID needed!

Birding at Edith Moore in Houston, lots of birds including a banded Carolina Wren and a banded Downy Woodpecker. We also came across this nest.

Downy Woodpecker at Suet Cake

Downy Woodpecker enjoys suet feeder in light snow

Downy Woodpecker

Look carefully. She’s on the feeder. I’ll try to get better pictures.

An old Woodpecker nest at Walmart.

An old Woodpecker nest at Walmart.

2022 Male Pileated Working on Nest Cavity

April 2022, this male Pileated Woodpecker has been hard at work constructing a nest cavity space for the nesting season. What a beautiful fella, this photo looked almost like a painting!

Male Pileated Woodpecker Working on Nest Cavity

This gorgeous fella has been working hard on this nest cavity over the past week or so, and we finally heard “tap tap tap” and caught him peeking out from the nest cavity while working hard on it. Enjoy a few clips we took of him peeking out, and also in another tree nearby.

Male Pileated Woodpecker in the Fall Trees

After months of trying to take photographs of the Pileated Woodpeckers that frequent the woods, I was finally able to do better than that and catch one on video. A male Pileated was clinging to the side of a tree, curiously examining his surroundings before flying off to search for a meal.

Gila Woodpecker Family in Saguaro

Every year this saguaro gets used by (presumably) the same Gila Woodpecker family! Babies can be heard chattering away.

Pileated Woodpecker – Nesting 2016

Adult Pileated Woodpecker, nesting in a live sycamore tree at Hollis Renewal Center (KS) – audible nestlings/fledglings heard a few days later. This nesting pair has been at Hollis, year-round, for 3 years.

Red-headed woodpecker

Red-headed woodpecker nested in one of my bluebird boxes. The male opened the hole to a little more than 2 inches and moved in. I’ll leave it this way and see if the woodpeckers use it again next year.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on the Make!

I learned that this woodpecker was seeking a mate. He startled me with his cat-like, high-pitched, very loud caterwauling! He hit the sign just as loudly, unafraid of me. I learned sapsuckers hit signs like this — and the brighter the sign the better — to attract females. I was wearing bright colors that morning as well. His noise making and following me around that morning made for great advertising.

Nashville Flicker

Male Flicker in and on hollow tree, drumming and calling

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology