More Fierce Than Festive

It seems fitting to write about the Red-bellied Woodpecker the day after Christmas.  After all, this bird wears his Christmas cap all year round.


But don’t let his festive attire fool you! Tis the season for him to display quite the Ebenezer attitude – aggressively claiming his territory and fiercely chasing other males away.


A female has been showing up too, but she is a bit skittish.  I think she is on her guard since there is so much testosterone in the air!



Despite their scroogishness, these guys (and gals too) really are beautiful birds.  I sometimes go outside and pretend like I am seeing them for the very first time just so I can marvel all over again!

red-bellied4The good news is they reserve their miserly mindset for other males and don’t seem to mind my presence in the least.  I’m pretty sure they have come to recognize the hand that feeds them!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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14 Responses to More Fierce Than Festive

  1. Jill Kuhn says:

    Such beautiful photos, Kathy! Could I have your permission to try painting one of your birds? 😃

  2. randomyriad says:

    They are beautiful, but why red-bellied when the only red is on their head?

    • kathydoremus says:

      They do have a hint of rusty red on their breast, but the main reason is because there is another woodpecker with a totally red head that has the honor of having that name. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Mr. Red Head | Jill's Art Journal

  4. aussiebirder says:

    Love your beautiful clear pics Kathy!

  5. They are very festive indeed!

  6. Tiny says:

    Super captures!!

  7. Great captures, love their little red caps!

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