Belly Blush

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?”

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Well, one of the male Red-bellied’s that has been showing up in my backyard lately has quite the belly blush!

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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.

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Despite his territorial tendencies, he really is a handsome fellow!


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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17 Responses to Belly Blush

  1. Jodi says:

    We have these too! I love the shots you capture. You’ve been MIA a few days. Hope all is well. Hey – I bought a bird bath. I think it might take a while for the birds to find it and get comfortable. I did notice a cowbird take a drink the other day. I can’t wait to see if they will splash and take baths! 🙂 It’s just heating up again around here this week, so maybe they need to get pretty toasty first 🙂

  2. Glad you’re back Kathy. I was out sick this week so … sisters again. Hub and I were just talking about this the other day, I don’t call these birds by their name because it bugs me that they are misnamed lol! I’ve never seen one with a belly blush before. Great shots, as always. Have a great weekend!

  3. Sheila Moss says:

    You mean they are not called red-headed woodpeckers? Gosh, I think I’ve been calling them by the wrong name.

    • kathydoremus says:

      There is another Woodpecker whose whole head is red, and he was awarded the name Red-headed Woodpecker. This guy had to settle for Red-bellied. 🙂

      • Sheila Moss says:

        Ha, I will have to check out the one that comes to my feeder and apologize if I’ve called him by the wrong name. I probably need to download a bird identification app. Happy holiday weekend. Keep that camera buzzing!

  4. Tiny says:

    This is the most belly blush I’ve seen on these fellows! He is definitely “red-bellied” 🙂

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  6. Handsome indeed! Love that belly blush!

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