This Red-bellied Woodpecker is working on drilling and pecking away on the dead wood up on the crown of one of the Oak trees at the shoreline of the pond. This same tree has been the scene of many similar efforts of the Red-headed Woodpeckers, and the Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers. All seem thrilled with the top of this tree. Woodpeckers like being high up in trees or on the tops of wooden telephone or electric poles.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker was likely drilling a food cache spot where it will store Acorns and other nuts and seeds for the Winter. The other possibility is that the bird has found insects in the wood and was trying to get at them with its sharp long bill. I am not seeing the Red-heads around much so that may be why the Red-bellied Woodpeckers are so active in this area of the yards now. Yes, there is a pecking order among the woodpeckers, I think. I took these pictures yesterday, Sept. 12, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!