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I just love seeing these woodpeckers!  This Red-bellied Woodpecker is likely the same one that has been here several times before.  It explores the grove of about ten Oak Trees that grows right along the shoreline of the little farm pond.  Woodpeckers like hardwood trees a lot.  This woodpecker eats seeds, nuts, insects, and berries.  Likely the bird was hunting for insects in the tree bark, or maybe getting an acorn stored-away long ago.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker has a black and white barred back, a pinkish-white chest and a white head with a large bright red spot on the crown of its head.  The sharp long bill is strong and helps the bird peck into the bark of trees.  The bird usually will create a larger cavity or hole within the trunk or large branches of the tree.  This area is home and will house the nest.  I took these pictures in my yard on March 18, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "A Red-bellied Woodpecker in the Oak" (12)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    such beauties! he’s all decked out in his brightest colors! lovely!

  2. From a distance, he almost looks like a red-headed!

  3. Red-bellied Woodpeckers must be smarter than some birds… We have a resident Red-bellied… He will come and peck on the metal on the top of our chimney early in the mornings —telling us to get up and put out ‘his’ suet…. (We put the suet up at nights to keep the raccoons out of it.) When I get up and put it out for ‘him’—he is always right there waiting for his breakfast… ha


  4. Great pictures! I can hear the “sqwaup” sound they make ringing through the woods, but I don’t see them all that often. Thanks!’Diane Tucker

  5. The little guy looks like he is in formal wear! Our woodpeckers are in hiding now I think, but the nuthatches are making up for it, pecking holes in everything vertical.

    • Hi Montucky, That reminds me that one of the Tufted Titmice is pecking on my porch railing in order to crack open sunflower seeds it took from the nearby feeder. Yes, formal wear is in vogue since the birds are now dressed to impress! : )
      Have an excellent Wednesday tomorrow!

  6. He is a beauty for sure! I was watching a red bellied woodpecker in oak tree the other day, myself.

  7. How cool to have a redbellied woodie nest nearby. I have seen the juvies on my deck but I never found the nest. Wonderful photos.

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