The King and Queen of Hearts

Which bird couple to post on Valentine’s Day, that is the question!
The answer turned out to be surprisingly easy – the male and female Red-bellied Woodpeckers.


Now, you might think these birds were selected because of their brilliant red head stripe, but that really wasn’t the deciding factor.



Actually, as I was sorting through pictures from the past week or so, I saw something I’d never noticed before.  Although these birds don’t wear their hearts on their sleeves, it appears that they do wear them on their tails…


…and on their wings.  Can you see the shapes?


When they perch and fold their wings in just the right way, a definite heart pattern is visible, making them the perfect Valentine’s Day couple.



Henceforth, I shall call them the King and Queen of Hearts!


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