Alright...so we've got at least a couple of these guys living in/around our backyard. There were two of them in the oak tree and they were playing piggyback or something.
Beautiful little buggers with their red heads and their rat-a-tat-tats except when the rat-a-tat-tat comes at 6:30am on the side of our house. Which happens at least once a week. He's a woodpecker not a "vinyl-siding-pecker" so I'm not sure what's going on.
Cheers to baby Red Bellied Woodpeckers as long as they're not my alarm clock!