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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Like Father, Like Son

This male Red-bellied Woodpecker brought his little one to the backyard over the weekend for some “life lessons with Dad.” First, he took Junior to the the birdbath where he showed him the “stay alert” approach to drinking. After watching Dad, the youngster … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Woodpeckers

Two juvenile woodpeckers, of the Red-bellied variety, arrived in the backyard today.  They were old enough to be chaperone free, but young enough to still display a comical lack of coordination. The first landed (more like collided) on the side of … Continue reading

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A “Your Mama” Story

The constant chatter of baby birds has been my background music lately, as the second brood of the season has arrived. I saw this young Red-bellied Woodpecker clinging to the peanut feeder this morning, fiercely fending off the Brown-headed Nuthatches … Continue reading

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The Peanut Dance

Several days ago I posted a picture of a Red-bellied Woodpecker grabbing a peanut from the feeding trough. Since then, he has shown up on a regular basis, and has perfected his skills in peanut piracy. He surveys the scene … Continue reading

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Red-bellied Woodpeckers

One of the first questions people ask about the Red-bellied Woodpecker is, “Why isn’t it called the Red-headed Woodpecker, after all, its most prominent feature is its brilliant red cap?”  Well, basically, the name was already taken by another member … Continue reading

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