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I am not sure if this particular Red-bellied Woodpecker was the bird responsible for pecking this hole in the Oak Tree’s trunk or not, but there the hole is.  The bird is either using the hole as a food storage pantry cache, or the hole is (or will) serve as a home.  Woodpeckers love to enlarge natural cavities within tree trunks and larger limbs.  The birds peck at the bark and wood and then when the hole is large enough, they start using the space.  Our weather is getting colder and we will soon have the second snow of our season here on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.

Like you and I, birds want a dry and warm place to live.  This hole in the tree may be just the place for this bird to live, who can tell?  I know that there are about three Red-bellied Woodpeckers that live very close to my new home.  I am guessing that this bird is staking out a new place to live.  I will continue to watch and see what happens.  I took these pictures on December 4, 2011 in my yard just under this tree.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "It’s a Woodpecker Wednesday: The Hole in the Oak" (9)

  1. It has started snowing this morning not only on the blog post, but in my yard!

  2. it’s definitely got a nice cavity going there!

  3. That’s a big hole! My favorite picture is the first, I love the pose!

  4. Hi Linda, Did you get snow? We got about an inch —and it was so pretty since it clung to everything…. I’m sure you probably had some also…

    That woodpecker hole looks like it originally was done by a Pileated Woodpecker… Not sure though… BUT–I’m sure that the Red-bellied is enjoying it now though…

    Great photos.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes! I will post a snapshot or two of the snowy scenery in the next couple of days along with pictures of birds here. Have a wonderful Thursday, and stay warm.

  5. Those are very nice photos of such a pretty bird! I was pleasantly surprised to see a hairy woodpecker today.

  6. A great post for Wednesday, love the woodies. Great captures. I hope the rest of your week is wonderful.

  7. Love these photos of the red bellied woodpecker, especially the first one.

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