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This Red-bellied Woodpecker is all work and busier than ever now.  It is drilling holes in the dead wood at the crown of an Oak Tree at the shoreline of the pond.  The woodpeckers peck at the wood and form caches of foods which the birds store away for the Winter.  The birds are active, and food is plentiful.  Acorns and nuts are ripening on the trees here.   The pond and nearby lake and the cattle pasture across the pond, are reasons why there are lots of insects for the birds to dine on.  I took these pictures in my yard on Sept. 17, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "A Hard Working Red-bellied Woodpecker" (6)

  1. They sure are pretty birds. I’ve never seen one, but when I see your pictures of them I’m struck by how much they resemble the flickers in size and shape. I’ve also seen the Gila woodpecker in Arizona.

    • Hi Montucky, One day I would love to see a Gila Woodpecker in person. Maybe I will get to do so. Yes, the Flickers and these birds are cousins and have similar characteristics. Have a really nice day today and a pleasant Friday tomorrow!

  2. i’ve been hearing more ‘rapping’ here too.

  3. Red-bellies are fun to watch! They make a lot of different sounds, it’s to the point where I hear an unusual sound and I think ‘red-belly sound’. Looks like the one you caught with your camera liked that dead tree! Nice shots 🙂

    • Hi Watching Seasons, Yes, the woodpecker really worked on that tree. I saw the same bird up on that same tree today, too. The Red-heads and the Flicker sometimes were also up on that same tree. Lots of tasty bugs and soft chewy wood. Have a wonderful weekend!

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