Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

The Red-bellied Woodpecker indulges himself at our bird feeder!  

The Red-bellied Woodpecker originally hailed from the southeastern U.S., but has expanded his range to include all eastern states, including  the northern states.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker likes to hang out in wooded areas and near wetlands.  Like most woodpeckers, the Red-bellied is helpful to the environment by eating wood-boring  insects and plain old insect pests.  The male has a red crown and nape, a buff colored chest and a red patch on the abdomen.  They also have black and white striped feathers, giving them the nickname: “Zebraback”.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker at our feeder.


Rummaging around in the feeder opening!


Can you hear me now? 😉

One of the things I love to observe is how the woodpecker uses his feet to hang on.  It’s not as easy for him, at his size of 10 inches. Sometimes he seems to hold on to the feeder opening, and sometimes he holds on to the post.  He’s so large he struggles trying to get the food, but he manages!  You can tell the feeder is swinging wildly due to his weight.   And I was amazed that I was able to get some clear photos!

Food, glorious food! A happy woodpecker indulges!


Learn more about the Red-bellied Woodpecker here. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

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49 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

  1. Ah Judy thanks for visiting me! I would never get a woodpecker in my garden, in fact I’ve probable only seen one once or twice, they are rather elusive in England. And your photos are awesome!

  2. HI Judy! Wow that is such a beautiful bird! It’s nice to see how birds look in other places. I have a bird fountain in my backyard so I get a bunch of little fellows taking baths and drinking water 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my page! I hope I can go back to England again, I want to tour the English countryside 🙂

    • Thank you, Adriana! The English countryside..Now that would be divine! I picture old stone buildings and sheep grazing! That appeals to me greatly too! Ahhh…so much in my bucket list! I love your blog. I just wish I had more time to visit.

      I got a new bird bath at the end of the summer. I’m looking forward to enjoying the little ones in it this year! 🙂

    • Thank you, Margie! I was very lucky. The feeder hangs right outside our window….so I shot through the window. Plus he is hyper-wiggly and the feeder was swaying. Luck it was!

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  4. This is beautiful Judy!! 🙂 It’s great you have a bird feeder. 🙂 One of the things I would love to have in the future when I have a house with a garden is that to have a bird feeder like the one you have. And make friends with birds of all kinds. 😉 … It is fun and when food is scarce out there for the birds, that is the kindest thing to do. Have a lovely sunday!

  5. You managed to take some nice and well focused photos of this woodpecler Judy ! I know it’s not easy to have good pictures of birds but you really succeeded with these ones. In the last photo we can see how he hangs on to the feeder. It’s such a beautiful bird, it’s been many years since I saw one but every summer I can ear him in my neighborhood.

  6. I love how your photos tell each of their own stories..as usual..So Sweeeett! 🙂
    By the way, thank you very much for the lovely award! I really appreciate it. Thanks a lot, Judy! 😀

  7. We feed our birds but not the woodpeckers. They come around any way. They peck at the trees and the rain gutters. They are beautifully colored. The red breast if so very bright. I think I’ll consider feedin the, too. My trees will thank me. The images are great for indulge.

    • Hi Isadora….It’s the same here. The male and female come to our regular feeder. I have a suet basket and just need to get suet and hang it!
      Thank you!

  8. Ooh, great captures Judy! I never seem to get bird shots, but plan on hanging out near a feeder in the spring. I am not easily deterred. I love seeing his colors up close and personal.

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