When you see a Red-bellied Woodpecker, the actual red on his belly is usually so faint that you scratch your head and wonder, “Who in the world named this bird? And what was he drinking at the time?”
Well, one of the male Red-bellied’s that has been showing up in my backyard lately has quite the belly blush!
He is also extremely inhospitable! The other day, as he was exploring the branches I have strapped to my deck and partaking of the Bark Batter that is smeared on the back of them, another male Red-bellied came near. This fellow immediately flew over and told the newcomer in no uncertain terms that he was not welcome ’round here. I love how he flared his head feathers to add a bit more fierceness!
Then Blush Belly flew back over to the branches and continued his feasting.
Despite his territorial tendencies, he really is a handsome fellow!