Red-headed Woodpecker

Ellicott City May 7, 2014
Photo by Bonnie Ott

Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)

Red-headed Woodpecker nesting

Although as many as several dozen Red-headed Woodpeckers are seen each year in Howard County, there are few nesting records. Then in January, 2017, one bird appeared at Fox Chase. Because it is an area visited by birders, that single individual was tracked through the remainder of winter and well into spring. Fortunately, Jeff Culler made an effort to check regularly, and when a mate showed up on June 1, he tracked the pair during the entire breeding cycle through two nestings.


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West Friendship September 21, 2009
Photo by Jeff Culler

Immature Mt Pleasant October 9, 2010
Photo by Kevin Heffernan

Ellicott City May 8, 2014
Photo by Bonnie Ott