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!