There is a large pecan tree on the farm that gets a lot of attention during its leafless, winter months. When we were there in May, a severe thunderstorm (with so much hail that it piled up alongside the road!) broke a huge branch off of it. Fortunately the tree seems to be still thriving.
I spent a while sitting beneath that tree with my biggest lens and my teleconverter, spying on the woodpeckers that were hanging off the branches at various angles as they tried to get at the pecans. Maybe a woodpecker is a woodpecker is a woodpecker, but I took so darned many pictures that I have to dump a bunch of them here or my time will have been wasted. Also, it will make me feel better about the fact that a bee crawled up my shirt and stung me.
More after the jump, including one bird that is not a woodpecker and a photo that makes me laugh! See if you can guess which is which.