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The beautiful Red-Bellied Woodpecker uses its sharp long claws to hang on to tree bark and the perches of the bird feeders.  The woodpecker also tends to use its long tail to help balance it.  I have seen this use of the tail over and over.  The Red-Bellied Woodpeckers often pause for a short break in all of their busy work.  I sometimes see the birds just perched seemingly at rest.  The Woodpeckers generally do not roost for the night outside of their cavity nests in trees however.  I am always happy to see the woodpeckers here.  So far, I have not had any woodpecker damage to my home, decking or dock.  I hope it stays that way.  Occasionally woodpeckers can be innocently destructive by drilling into the siding of a home or other structure (note that in two pictures here the bird is on a telephone pole).  I took these pictures during the first two weeks of February, 2011 from my deck and from my windows.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Red-Bellied Woodpeckers in Action and Perched" (6)

  1. Wow they are gorgeous. You are so lucky to get so many beautiful birds. You must have a diverse natural environment where you live. Love the one on the fat block – the markings are lovely.

    • Hi Helen, Yes I have your correct blog address. Many thanks, I am lucky to live where the conditions favor wildlife. I have counted the following since the summer of 2009 until present: 35 species of birds; 19 species of waterfowl/waterbirds; and 3 species of small animals (chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels). All have either visited the yards and lake or live here all year around. I live along a private very protected lake with a mixed hardwood forest along the shore and surrounding area. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Hi have changed my blog address to wildlifebirdsandwalks.wordpress.com
    Not sure if you need to find it again?
    All the best

  3. It’s no wonder they need to rest! I’d have such a headache! But it is wonderous that God made these creatures to do this and it is perfectly natural. Their brains must be made from concrete.

    • Hi Ginny, That is a funny comment. I think that the Woodpeckers must have extra cushioning within their skull to compensate for all the banging they do. Have a really nice Wednesday tomorrow!

  4. Yes, they certainly are handsome birds. I’ve wondered myself how they deal with all the head pounding. It is almost if their heads are a hammer and a chisel.

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