This Red-bellied Woodpecker is the woodpecker of the week here! As much as I love the Red-heads, I have an equal affection for their chatty cousin, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. This white, bright red and black bird lives in the woodlands fronting my place here. The Red-bellied Woodpecker is similar in its characteristics to the Red-headed Woodpecker. Both love eating insects, nuts, and small pieces of fruits and berries. Both live in holes in the trunks of large trees, especially the Oaks and Hickories. The Red–bellied Woodpecker is living out front because it does not cooperated well with the larger and probably more aggressive Red-heads here.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker was actually out and about in its cousin’s territory a couple of days ago when I snapped these pictures. You will recognize the snag-topped Oak where it seems, many different woodpeckers like to perch. That Oak is immediately on the pond’s shoreline here. It is a favorite place of mine for getting pictures of the woodpeckers, even if I have to be quite a long ways off. I took the pictures on September 3, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!