Another sunny day, perfect for highlighting some of the bright colors in our local birds. Sitting at the window of the 4-season porch processing photos from our morning Audubon walk (38 species in less than 2 hours!), I saw this gorgeous redhead fly into the oaks at the back of our lot.
I don’t think I have seen Red-headed Woodpeckers in my backyard in past years. Apparently their numbers are declining due to competition for nest site holes and habitat loss (fewer large dead trees). The bird obliged me by flying closer to the house to inspect the broken limb of a walnut.
While standing around in the backyard trying to get a closer view of my red-headed friend, a cardinal flew in to visit the bird feeder I was standing next to. The late afternoon light really lit up his plumage nicely.