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!


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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19 Responses to The King and Queen of Hearts

  1. Great eye and awesome close-ups!

  2. Aww so sweet, I never noticed this! Thank you, Kathy! ❤️❤️❤️ and Happy Valentine’s Day to you !

  3. Love the bright red on this bird! Great photo!

  4. Jodi says:

    Beautiful. ❤️

  5. Sue says:

    I’ve never noticed that before
    How perfect for today!

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    What a sweet couple! ❤️ I had not noticed the hearts in their feathers before now. Thanks Kathy! 💖💕

  7. aussiebirder says:

    Simply Stunning Kathy!

  8. They made my day, thanks for sharing them Kathy.

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