RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER – Marilyn Armstrong

I don’t usually get to take a lot of pictures of favorite birds, but this guy really settled into the feeder today and he didn’t flutter off the moment I had the camera up and ready. That’s not entirely true. He flew off a few times into the tree, cracked open some seeds, then came back to the feeder. Sometimes, it just takes patience. And waiting!

The following four pictures were taken from wildlife groups.

Before everyone points out that this bird has a red head and not a red belly, I know that. But there already is a Red-headed Woodpecker who looks a lot like this guy, but his entire head is solid red, not to mention the Pileated Woodpecker who has a red topknot and is about the size of a medium-gauge hawk and a beak you wouldn’t want to mess with. I’m pretty sure he’s the bird the creators of Woody Woodpecker had in mind.

The following are pictures I took this morning. Even though this bird looks (to me) as if he has an orange rather than a red head, I have been assured that he is a Red-bellied Woodpecker and not a Gold-fronted Woodpecker.

The only difference between the two is the color of their head. Worse, they live in the same parts of the country.

However, this is quite a thin bird and I’m pretty sure he’s recently fledged so possibly has not fully developed his colors yet.



Categories: Birds, Blackstone Valley, Gallery, Marilyn Armstrong, Nature, Photography, Wildlife, Woodpeckers

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43 replies

  1. They are ALL gorgeous and although I don’t like orange particularly, I’d go bonkers if any such red/orange-headed bird would visit me!!!! I also like that vague peeking ‘whatever’ in your last pixie.
    How did your doctor’s talks go? Thinking of you.

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  2. I can hear a woodpecker around my house, but haven’t seen it yet. Hopefully, if I ever do see it I’ll manage to get some photos. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying your pictures, which are lovely as usual.

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  3. That’s a handsome looking bird…..

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  4. For a few years a family of Pileated Woodpecker have nested behind my NH house. I have not been able to get a good photo…. last year I got an OK photo of the “kid” hanging out of the hole in the tree screaming for “mom”. They are noisy birds! And one of the noises they make is the Woody Woodpecker noise, so yes, I think he is a Pileated. Anyway, nice shot – I can never tell the little woodpeckers apart…

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  5. Stunning looking birds those – and some great photos!

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  6. I’m sure he will soon fatten up now he’s found you.

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  7. Our woodpeckers remain in the woods, but once one strayed onto my feeder, not so pretty as your red one

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