Another New Bird In The Garden
It’s been a rather wet, cold, and dismal weekend. One bright spot, though, was the sighting of another new avian visitor to the garden: the Red-headed Woodpecker. In fact, this was the first time either Judy or I had ever seen this particular bird, in the garden or out.
This bird is really striking with its crimson head, snow-white body, and black wings with large white patches. Its unusual appearance has given rise to a number of common names, including Half-a-shirt, Shirt-tail Bird, Flag Bird, and Flying Checkerboard.
Unfortunately, the number of Red-headed Woodpeckers has declined dramatically in recent decades, mostly due to habitat loss. It likes open woodlands, especially pine forests. Its diet consists of insects and fruit, but sometimes will feed on suet at birdfeeders.
Judy and I are hoping to see this bird regularly in the future. Maybe it will even be nesting nearby.