I followed these birds for a couple of weeks as they raised their young. Only one baby is present in these scenes, there may be more down in the hole, but siblings should only be a day apart or so, and able to manage the hole.
These birds are the first Red-headed Woodpeckers to nest in southeast Florida at least since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I hope they are not the last.
In years gone by, these birds were much maligned by farmers because they have a taste for fruit. Every farmer in early America had his own special way of killing these gorgeous birds. You can see in this video what the birds are really eating...and it isn't fruit. Today, the Red-headed Woodpecker's biggest enemy is the car. They haven't learned that flying from a fence post across a road without gaining some elevation first is not a good idea.
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