All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Red-headed Woodpecker</strong>
<em>Melanerpes erythrocephalus</em>
Grassy Point State Preserve, FL
Dec. 29, 2008

I was excited to see this beautiful woodpecker while we were at Grassy Point Preserve near Milton, FL. Unfortunately, I was a...
Red-headed Woodpecker
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Grassy Point State Preserve, FL
Dec. 29, 2008

I was excited to see this beautiful woodpecker while we were at Grassy Point Preserve near Milton, FL. Unfortunately, I was a little too far away to get a good photo with my telephoto lens. I really wished I had taken my new spotting scope at that moment!
Red-headed woodpeckers cache acorns in tree cavities. I had enjoyed watching this one pluck acorns from a nearby oak tree and place them in a hole in this dead tree.
The difference between this woodpecker and the Red-bellied variety is the amount of red on their heads (the species name erythrocephalus means "red head"). Red-bellied woodpeckers also have black and white striped wings.

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