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The Red-bellied Woodpecker was sitting in an older, pecked-up, branch of an Oak in the yard just at the shoreline of the pond.  It was a chatty bird calling to other woodpeckers.  This is a wonderful bird!  It is a beautiful red, black and white medium-sized bird.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker eats insects as well as seeds, berries, fruit and nuts.  It nests in hollowed-out tree cavities.

The other woodpecker I saw yesterday was the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker.  I saw two.  The male has the black mustache-like marking on its face.  This woodpecker is among the larger of the woodpeckers.  It also eats insects, nuts, seeds, and berries but unlike the Red-bellied Woodpecker, it likes eating on the ground just as much as eating in a tree.  It has beautiful mustard yellow feather shafts which are easily seen when the bird is in flight.  I also like the black spots on its tan belly.  I was quite pleased to take these pictures in my yard yesterday, March 27, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "A Double Woodpecker Wednesday" (11)

  1. Yes, you definitely had a ‘woodpecker day’, Linda…. I’ve seen alot of Downy’s at the feeder lately–and a few Red-bellied. BUT–my Flickers must be busy doing other things right now…

    Great pictures.

    • Hi Betsy, Have you had any Red-headed Woodpeckers at your place yet? I hope so. Maybe your flickers went South for a short vacation to my place? Ha! Just joking. Have a great day (may want to watch weather tonight and again tomorrow as we may have a storm or two).

  2. Wonderful birds! Our woodpeckers are not coming as frequently, but we know there are plenty of other sources. We did see a male, Flicker on the ground the other day. I hope he finds the female we had visiting so often this winter.

  3. TexWisGirl said:

    love those flickers!

    • Hi TexWisGirl, Same here! Beautiful and exotic-looking birds. There is a lot of variety among the woodpeckers, for sure! Have a fabulous day tomorrow!

  4. We have had Flickers and Downy woodpeckers. I have never seen a red bellied woodpecker. We have had a Red headed woodpecker though. Beautiful birds. I must say I rather enjoy waking up to sitting at the table with a cup of coffee and waiting to see what’s been in your area last. Fun! PS. After a week plus of amazing weather we actually had snow on the ground today.

    • Hi Spoonbill, So glad you also get to see woodpeckers in your area. I so love these birds! Thanks for your great comments and have a super day tomorrow!

  5. Goodness, the air and trees around you is just full of beautiful birds!!!

  6. Hi Ginny, I am so happy to agree! Yes, there is a grove of twelve Oak Trees next to the pond, a fringe of mixed woodland at the street in front and fields at the neighbor’s place. Lots of cover, grass, and water. Have a great day tomorrow!

  7. I just love the woodies, great shots of the redbellied and the flicker. Have a wonderful day!

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