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Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Now there are two woodpecker families here.  I saw and heard a Red-Bellied Woodpecker here the other day up in one of the pond-side Oaks.  It trilled its call a number of times and flitted around the now fully-leafed out branches.  I think that there are caterpillars in the Oaks that the woodpeckers find delicious.  The other of the woodpeckers in residence here is the Red-Headed Woodpecker.  I saw it yesterday up at the top of the electric pole near the house.  It too was trilling away.  These two kinds of woodpecker have similar calls and songs but the Red-Bellied’s song is louder and longer in my opinion.  I took these pictures on May 7, 2012, and again on May 8, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Comments on: "Woodpecker Wednesday: The “Reds”" (9)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i know you love seeing/hearing both of these. 🙂

  2. The red headed makes such a startling picture…I wonder if there are very many in the country, I never have seen any and rarely see anyone blogging about them either.

    • Hi Ginny, I don’t know how many are around the country but I do know that these are migratory here and usually go elsewhere in the colder months. Maybe that is usual for this species. I have only seen a Red-Headed here in TN and not in Northeastern Texas or California where I once lived. Have a super day!

  3. Woodpeckers are the coolest birds, I love them. The redheaded woodie is one of my favorite but then I have a lot of favorites. Loved the post and photos, have a great day!

  4. That red head is so distinctive! Finally a bird that I could easily identify and they don’t live here!

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