Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker
Fox Chase October 15, 2017
Photo by Kevin Heffernan

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 Park
September 21, 2009
Photo by Jeff Culler

Mount Pleasant
October 9, 2010
Photo by Kevin Heffernan

Ellicott City
May 8, 2014
Photo by Bonnie Ott