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!
January 5, 2013