|Juvenile red-headed woodpecker. Photo by Jason Dykes|
Jason Dykes visited Ijams last weekend and managed to get the best photo yet of the juvenile red-headed woodpecker hanging around the parking lot at the Visitor Center.
|Adult red-headed woodpecker. Photo: wiki commons.|
The Ijams' bird is maturing (see Jason's photo above), the adult red feathers on the head are starting to grow. In a few weeks the entire head will be red, the upper back will be black and the lower back—made up of the secondary wing feathers—will be white, creating a very striking adult bird. (See photo at left.)
This is the first ever red-headed woodpecker documented at Ijams. Woo-hoo.
Here's hoping our bird hangs around awhile so we can witness the transformation.
- Stephen Lyn Bales.