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!
March 20, 2012