They love suet but also eat a variety of seeds like sunflower seeds, millet, and peanuts. Aside from suet they will also eat various nuts and fruits, and they are also very skilled at catching insects in mid-flight. 34 thoughts on “ The Woodpeckers of North Texas ” Mark Armstrong says: December 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm I would like to report that I saw, and took a picture of, a female Ladder-backed Woodpecker in Abbott, TX. They are 22.85 to 26.7 cm (9.00 to 10.51 in) long, and have a wingspan of 38 to 46 cm (15 to 18 in). Your email address will not be published. Red-headed woodpeckers . Flickers are sometimes driven from nesting sites by another cavity nester, the European starling. Length: 7.5-8.3 in Weight: 1.1-2.3 oz Wingspan: 16.1-16.9 in. Would you like to share your own Dallas/Fort Worth area urban wildlife observations? Lots of wood chips on the ground under the hole. The USDA study noted that only 3% of Red Spruce (Picea rubens) and 1% of Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) that were injured by sapsuckers succumbed to their wounds. Don’t know how many, but both sexes for sure. These birds mainly search out arthropods on tree trunks. The red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) is a small or medium-sized woodpecker from temperate North America. They are self-assured on the vertical surfaces of large trees but can seem awkward while feeding on small branches and vines. The maximum longevity in the wild is 9.9 years. Pileated Woodpeckers will sometimes visit bird feeders, they do like suet, but I’ve found they still aren’t very common. Birds of Northeast Texas . Despite their close resemblance, downy and hairy woodpeckers are not very closely related, and they are likely to be separated in different genera; the outward similarity is a spectacular example of convergent evolution. They were eating corn on the ground near a wildlife feeder.  First described by Carl Linnaeus in 1766, it is monotypic across its sizable range. We have red-headed woodpeckers that have been nesting here for the past 13 years; beautiful birds. Both males and females have the barred black and white backs and yellow napes making them hard to tell apart. The pileated woodpecker will also nest in nest boxes about 4.6 m (15 ft) off the ground. Adults are brown with black bars on the back and wings. These are mid-sized woodpeckers. The species is listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN. You may be wondering if you’re looking at another Downy Woodpecker in this picture. Stately, beautiful birds! Saw a female Downy Woodpecker in my oak tree in the afternoon both yesterday and today (March 3, 2018) in North Richland Hills. Blue Jays are among some of the most recognized backyard birds in North America. This species has occurred as a very rare vagrant to Ireland and Great Britain. The call is a loud, far-carrying laugh, sometimes described as a “jungle bird” call due to its wild, un-fettered quality. Because yellow-bellied sapsuckers feed on up to 250 species of living trees and woody plants, they are sometimes considered to be a pest. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer. They show white on the wings in flight. Nest hole is big enough for male and female both at same time. Woodpeckers 13700 Prospect Road Strongsville, OH 44149 1-800-752-0725 Connect. Red-bellied woodpeckers depend on dead trees for nesting. Southern populations have duskier buff breasts and distinctly smaller bills. In orchards, the USDA recommends allowing yellow-bellied sapsuckers to feed upon their preferred tree(s), suggesting the birds will focus their attention on these and spare the rest of the orchard from serious damage. Lewis's Woodpecker: Medium woodpecker with dark green-black upperparts and hood. On 9/4/2020 I saw 2 red headed woodpeckers on a utility pole on our property in Decatur, Texas. We have a red headed woodpecker on our property in Rains county. Face is dark red, collar is gray, belly is pale red. These birds are mostly permanent residents. Other woodpeckers and smaller birds such as wrens may be attracted to pileated holes to feed on the insects found in them. In areas that are extensively deforested, the birds will sometimes utilize gardens, but for the most part simply will not be present in any numbers. I think it was a male and I am located in far north Dallas near Richland College. They’ve been scouting out the amenities for a while now, and I was thrilled to see them hanging on the suet feeder today. We now have an extreme amount of holes in the trunk will it kill the tree? Like mosts species of woodpecker they will at least occasionally visit suet feeders, but are more rare to than maybe a Downy. Pileated Woodpeckers can be found year-round in eastern Texas, near cities such as Houston and north of there. They drum and give a cat-like call in spring to declare ownership of territory. They’ll also fiercely guard these food caches from anything that tries to steal from them.