Return of the Red-bellied

Now that the Flicker who had been frequenting the feeders in the winter months has disappeared, the Red-bellied Woodpeckers have once again become regular backyard visitors.

This fellow dropped in the other day to partake of some peanuts. He perched on the rail to grab a nut..

…and then flew to one of the branches strapped to the deck.

It is fascinating to watch them lodge a peanut into a crevice in the wood so they can peck at it. This fellow used his talon to help hold it in place.

Once he had finished with one nut…

…he made sure the coast was clear…

…and then swooped down to grab another.

I am grateful for the return of these Red-bellied birds – though blush-bellied may have been a better suited name.


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 Return of the Red-bellied

  1. jmcheney says:

    I guess my flicker is a year round fellow here in Asheville, He was there this morning back on its heels, carefully selecting the bggest peanuts. I can’t see where their shells are cracked & the nuts savored. I’m glad it keeps coming around. Thank you for these wonderful photos of “your” red bellied (which I always mispronounce– on purpose).

  2. Ms. Liz says:

    The bright colouring of the bird looks so wonderful in your photos!

  3. SW says:

    Wow! Those are amazing shots! He is beautiful and I love his coloring! I know he was so much to watch!

  4. He is one handsome guy!

  5. Gorgeous series of one handsome fella! 🙂

  6. Oh, love your series of pics and your story.

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