Date: 10/6/19 7:04 am From: Allen Hale via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] A Descent of Woodpeckers
Three years ago, I reported the arrival in Nelson County of about six Red-headed Woodpeckers in early September. They stayed the winter departing in May 2017. None appeared during the past two winters. But on September 21st at least three RHWOs took up residence. They are very vocal, but still tricky to see with all the leaves. I have seen at least one immature bird. Acorns have been raining down on us and our older hardwood forest has many dead trees and limbs, no doubt attractive to these birds.
Quoting Alexander Wilson, "The Red-headed Woodpecker is, properly speaking, a bird of passage."
Unfortunately, nesting sites of Red-headed Woodpeckers have declined in Central Virginia.
-- Allen M. Hale 3130 Laurel Road Shipman, VA 22971 USA 434-263-4842 (H) 434-760-1218 (Cell)