Red-headed Woodpeckers and other birds in Marquette County Wisconsin on November 7, 2015

I did some birding in Marquette County Wisconsin today. I always enjoy watching the Red-headed Woodpeckers working from sun up to sun down. They get acorns from live trees, break them up in pockets of dead trees and bury the pieces within dead trees or under bark of dead trees. They store these pieces for winter food no matter how deep the snow is, it will always be available. They always seem to store the pieces in trees near nest holes that will probably be used in spring for raising the young. I have a water hole I watch and two of the highlights today were a Brown Creeper and a Red-eyed Vireo. The Red-eyed Vireo is listed as a rare bird for this date in Marquette Co. This bird moved very fast in the couple of seconds I saw it, I just barely got a photo. I have never seen a bird drink like today. It flew across the pond, barely touched the water, opened its bill and grabbed a drink for a second and never slowing down, off it went like a bullet south. Other common birds gave nice shows which is always a treat. Images were taken on November 7, 2015.

Red-headed Woodpecker with a piece of acorn after splitting one up in the top of this dead oak tree.

Red-headed Woodpecker with a piece of acorn after splitting one up in the top of this dead oak tree, early morning sun

With acorn piece

With acorn piece

Hammering a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Hammering a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Hammering a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Hammering a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Hammering a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Just looking around after storing some winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into a crack of the dead tree for winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into a crack of the dead tree for winter food

Putting a piece of acorn into the hole of the dead tree for winter food

Going to put a piece of acorn into a crack of the dead tree for winter food

Splitting up an acorn in the pocket in the dead oak

Splitting up an acorn in the pocket in the dead oak

Splitting up an acorn in the pocket in the dead oak

Splitting up an acorn in the pocket in the dead oak

Don't need this shell of the acorn, out it goes!

Don’t need this shell of the acorn, out it goes!

With a new piece of acorn to go store it for the winter

With a new piece of acorn to go store it for the winter

Red-eyed Vireo, a RARE bird for this date in Marquette Co. WI. 11/7/15

Red-eyed Vireo, a RARE bird for this date in Marquette Co. WI. 11/7/15

Red-eyed Vireo, a RARE bird for this date in Marquette Co. WI. 11/7/15

Red-eyed Vireo, a RARE bird for this date in Marquette Co. WI. 11/7/15

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Dark-eyed Junco ready for a bath

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco bathing

Dark-eyed Junco bathing

Blue Jay calling

Blue Jay calling

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay calling

Blue Jay calling

Black-capped Chickadee bathing

Black-capped Chickadee bathing

Black-capped Chickadee just out of the water

Black-capped Chickadee just out of the water

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Blue Jay on alert!

Blue Jay on alert!

Blue Jay looking back

Blue Jay looking back

Blue Jay posing

Blue Jay posing

 

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

9 Responses to Red-headed Woodpeckers and other birds in Marquette County Wisconsin on November 7, 2015

  1. Ed Means says:

    Great photos. Liked the creeper and the chickadee in the water. Thanks

  2. James A says:

    Jim, Your images are always good, but that chickadee in the water is outstanding!

  3. Thomas Wood says:

    You are lucky to have a place to go to and regularly see the Red-headed Woodpeckers, Jim. They are much scarcer than they used to be.
    Your Red-eyed Vireo sighting is the fifth latest sighting in the WSO records, so they are rare everywhere in the state at this time.
    All the images are super good, and that Blue Jay “looking back” is looking mighty fine!

  4. Mary Korkor says:

    Love your photos always. Red Headed Woodpeckers are one of my favorite birds. Now you need to capture a Pileated for me!

  5. Annie says:

    You certainly captured nature at it’s best. All excellent pics. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Julie Woodcock says:

    I so-o-o enjoy your beautiful photos. Thank-you for making them available for us to enjoy.

  7. Gerald Haiar says:

    Just gorgeous shots. Thanks again Jim.

  8. Nan Wisherd says:

    The stories that go along with your gorgeous photos always make for a total, pleasurable break from a busy life. Thanks – again – for sharing.

  9. Joan Schrinner says:

    I can’t say that bluejays are my favorite birds, but your photos show how truly beautiful they are!

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