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A Chatty Woodpecker

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This Red-bellied Woodpecker lives in one of the pond-side Oaks here.  It’s home is inside the trunk of that tree.  I have included a photo of the woodpecker’s hole.  These chatty woodpeckers peck and drill a hole in the tree trunk to build themselves a home.  The woodpeckers have a sharp strong bill so the incessant drilling does not seem to adversely affect the bird at all.  The woodpeckers find that the hollowed out cavity of the Oak makes a cozy and warm home.  This bird is a loud one.  It’s call is a “chuff-chuff” that is repeated three or four times.  This particular bird often comes to the bird feeder that is just at my front porch.  As regular readers here know, I am wild about woodpeckers.  We only have the Red-bellied Woodpecker here now.  That Downy Woodpecker that was here a month ago, left for other places.  I took these pictures in my yard yesterday.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture in the gallery.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Chatty Woodpecker" (13)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i love these semi-destructive birds. 🙂

  2. Very good capture! Do they ever tap on your house?

    • Hi Ginny, Not the Red-bellied Woodpecker – just that Red-headed Woodpecker that was up on the rain gutter getting a drink. Have a super great Sun. tomorrow and thanks for your comments!

  3. Yes—besides the loud Pileated, our Red-bellied are the noisiest birds … They make their presence known… They are some of our common year-round birds here –along with the Downy’s…


  4. I love the woodpeckers because they are vocal and regular visitors to the feeder.

  5. I love to hear their chatty sounds! Great post and photos.

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! I think that I am fortunate to have the Woodpecker still here as it has gotten really cold these days. Have a super coming week and thanks again for your wonderful comments!

  6. Very nice photos. I like the one in flight. We are enjoying all our woodpeckers (Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied) and have both genders of each right now. Oh, you might find this interesting, we finally have Chickadees coming to our yard. After four years of feeding the birds, those energetic little “guys” have come by. We hope they stay now that they’ve found our food. I am trying to remember, do you have Carolina or Black-capped?

    • Hi Birding Bunch, Carolina. The differences between the Black-capped and the Carolina are very slight. Thanks for the super comments. So glad you have the Chickadees and all those Woodpeckers! Have a fine coming week!

  7. I wish I could see one of the Red-bellied ones. A few days ago I heard a woodpecker tapping very hard in an area of tall dead cottonwoods. I searched everywhere in those tall trees looking for him. Finally found that it was a Downy and he was only three feet from the ground.

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