UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER – Marilyn Armstrong

Every now and then, I get lucky and the bird I want to take pictures of stays put long enough for me to actually take the pictures.

This was the case with this glorious Red-bellied Woodpecker. I guess he was more hungry than he was shy of people. Or maybe he felt he deserved to be memorialized.

Grabbing a seed
Peek-a-boo!
Showing his good side

So in the midst of our political madness, allow me to introduce our beautiful Woodpecker.

With his pal, the Tufted Titmouse

Speaking of woodpeckers, the other day I got a note from someone complaining that a woodpecker was trying to eat her house. Woodpeckers don’t eat wood for fun. They are digging for insects. So if there are woodpeckers banging on your house, you need to get the bug people in because I have to warn you — woodpeckers are VERY fond of termites.

Watch the skies!

If a woodpecker is pecking your home, you’ve got lots of bigger problems than woodpeckers. You’ve got termites.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

10 thoughts on “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. What I’ve been told IS that there IS a Red-Headed Woodpecker — a much bigger fellow than these guys and they look JUST like Woody Woodpecker.

      You can’t have two birds with the same name, and there is a bit of red dotting on his belly if you got a really good look. I have never seen it because this guy is always belly up to the feeder. Thus this bird is the Red-Bellied Woodpecker.

      The Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers each have a splotch of red on their heads, but they are called Hairy (he isn’t hairy — he’s feathery — but I didn’t name him!) and the Downy looks JUST like the Hairy, but he is smaller.

      Then there’s the Gold-fronted Woodpecker who looks exactly like the Red-bellied Woodpecker, but his head is orange and yellow around the beak. There are also Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers who look JUST like the Red-Bellied ones but have a completely red head. As I said, you can’t have two birds with the same name … so …

      There are more. A few woodpeckers are not called woodpeckers, but something else, even though they ARE woodpeckers. I find it VERY confusing.

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        1. Two ways: I have a good bird book and I joined iNatural, which is a group of people who identify birds, mammals, weeds, wildflowers, butterflies and other insects. Very friendly and they know their stuff. If I’m not sure, I ask for an ID and when I get two, that make it official. They can use your pictures for identification in their database, but otherwise, they are YOUR pictures.

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