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This Red-bellied Woodpecker was up in a Hickory Tree across the street from my home late yesterday afternoon.  It was up about twenty-five feet.  The sassy bird was hanging on a small branch trying to either get at insects on the cluster of Hickory Nuts or trying to get at the nut meat inside the shell.  The woodpecker tried multiple times to get at its food without apparent good success.  It was hanging from a fairly thin branch and it was lucky that the bird has ultra sharp claws and a tail that allows for good balance when the bird is upside down!

The photo I have included here of the hole in the trunk of the Red-Oak tree was taken in my own yard in the grove of Oaks next to the pond.  I believe that this may be a home of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and perhaps this very one.  I have often seen a Red-bellied Woodpecker in that tree where the hole is and have often heard interior pecking and drilling going on.  I took the pictures on Oct. 3, 2o12, in my yard and on the street in front of the house and yard here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Persistant Red-Bellied Woodpecker" (8)

  1. Hi Linda, That little red-bellied guy is working hard, isn’t he???? I love hearing them chatter —and act like they own the entire area!!!!!! ha

    • Hi Betsy, These birds are especially interesting as they are great acrobats, chatty, commonly seen here in Cumberland County, TN, and seem intelligent. Very fun to watch. Yes, they do act like they are boss. Have a super nice Friday tomorrow! Enjoy the good weather – cold will be here in the evenings soon.

  2. Some birds are quite the acrobats and so fun to watch. I enjoyed your pictures.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, I was amazed that the bird could stay on that slender branch. Thanks! Glad you like the pictures. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and a nice coming weekend!

  3. TexWisGirl said:

    he’s quite the gymnast! 🙂

  4. That bird put on quite a show for you! Best entertainment there is! It would be nice if that is its home; maybe you could watch a new family next spearing!

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