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