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!