The red-headed woodpecker migrates into North Dakota during the late spring from mid-Atlantic and southern states.  They nest in dead trees and feed on insects, nuts and fruits.  They can catch insects in midair and will store food in caches.  The red-headed woodpecker is very territorial and will chase other birds from food sources.

Hairy Woodpeckers

The juvenile male Hairy Woodpecker has red patch on top of his head.

Juvenile Male

Adult female does not have a red patch

Adult males have a red patch at the back of the head.

The hairy woodpecker lives here year-round and feeds on insects, nuts, berries and tree sap. They like to peck, usually on trees, but have been known to peck on window frames and house siding, to the homeowners consternation.

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