From Whence Came the Name?

A lot of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, like this fellow below, leave you scratching your head and wondering from whence came the name?  And what was the person thinking that tagged him with that title? And what were they drinking when they did so???

I mean, just one glance at this guy and it seems obvious that he should be called a Red-headed Woodpecker.  But alas, that name already belonged to another who I doubt will be relinquishing the rights anytime soon!

Still, every once in awhile (like today) a Red-bellied shows up that proves that the name isn’t a flat out fabrication.

I think I might have opted to call these birds Checker-back Woodpeckers, or  Red-mohawked Woodpeckers, but whatever the name, I’m just glad they likes to hang out in my backyard.

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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10 Responses to From Whence Came the Name?

  1. Jodi says:

    I like your names! 😉👍

  2. Washe Koda says:

    Red Headed, Downy, or Pileated must be an Audubon or Cornell U thing. I can’t keep track of them all. 🐦 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. RV John says:

    Beautiful shots.

  4. pamkirst2014 says:

    I vote for Checker-back!

  5. lindasschaub says:

    Beautiful up-close shots of these woodpeckers. I wondered why they get called “red-bellied” as well. You’ve found more “red bellyness” than I usually do. They sure do love that bark butter!

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