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!