The woodpecker (Woody 😬) at top of the tree is a Pileated Woodpecker. I added a second photo of him below. The smaller bird is a young Red-bellied Woodpecker.
I was surprised to see them together, but it made for an interesting photo. Woody took off shortly after I took this photo. I took this photo on a tree that is on the banks of the Miami River, between Troy and Piqua. It is such a beautiful, large woodpecker.
Read the entire post today to learn more about the orgins of Woody Woodpecker⬇️.
The weather has really turned hot and humid. I shot the following video early, but it was already very hot. Stay cool, and safe.
Now, the rest of the story: Woody Woodpecker was not a Pileated Woodpecker. Here is the story:
According to Walter Lantz's press agent, the idea for Woody came during the producer's honeymoon with his wife, Gracie, in Lake Sherwood, California. A noisy acorn woodpecker outside their cabin kept the couple awake at night, and when a heavy rain started, they learned that the bird had bored holes in their cabin's roof. As both Walter and Gracie told Dallas attorney Rod Phelps during a visit, Walter wanted to shoot the bird, but Gracie suggested that her husband make a cartoon about the bird, and thus Woody was born. Woody shares many characteristics in common with the pileated woodpecker in terms of both physical appearance as well as his characteristic laugh, which resembles the call of the pileated woodpecker. These similarities are apparently the result of the artistic license of the creators, and have caused much confusion within the birding community amongst those who have attempted to classify Woody's species. (source: wikipedia.org)
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