Red-bellied Woodpeckers have made their home in the woodland thicket just on the fringe of the property here. The area where they hang out is the gulch where the terrain is steep, and the brush and trees are jumbled. They love pecking on hardwoods and there are many in that area. On occasion, these birds come over to the large Oaks that line the pond. There are about twelve such trees here on my side of the little farm pond.
The Red-bellied Woodpeckers love eating insects, acorns, nuts, seeds, and berries. Right now, they are mostly eating from stored-up food that they put away last fall. The woodpeckers will take their bits of food and peck away at the trunk bark on a tree until there is a crevice and will put the food in that space for storage. I think that because there are not many squirrels here, the woodpeckers have a better chance at retaining their food caches. I am always silly delighted to see and hear the woodpeckers. The Red-bellied Woodpecker was here on Feb. 18, 2012, when I took its picture here in the yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!