This time of year is when the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers just go crazy over the Oak flowers and any insects hanging with the pollen in the clusters. I recall seeing a similar action by the woodpeckers, in the Fall when the ripening acorns had caterpillars inside many of them. Woodpeckers prefer Oak Trees it seems. Here I have seen five different types of woodpeckers but have not seen a Pileated Woodpecker here on the little farm. That one was spotted down the street.
The Red-bellied Woodpeckers eat insects in the bark and leaves and also like seeds and nuts. The Red-bellied Woodpecker has a barred black and white back, white head with a small red patch, and a white belly with a pinkish-tinge to it. It has a stout long sharp bill with which it pecks or drums. These are lovely medium-sized birds! I am always happy to see them. I took these pictures at twilight on a cloudy evening at about 7:00pm when sunlight streamed through clouds to light the trees a bit. I took these pictures on April 19, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!