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.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

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

43 thoughts on “RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. If he can get past the squirrels. I actually WOKE the dogs this morning shouting at the squirrels. Which they ignored. I had to GO to the door in the kitchen, open it, slam it (it makes a lot of noise) and finally they left, but of course, they are back. Ate about 2/3 of the feed. Someone suggested it was nice to see birds at my squirrel feeder. That about sums it up!

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            1. Sadje, yes. But I only over indulge with the Japanese food. I LOVE Sashimi, especially eel. Marilyn swears that Godzilla’s family has a “bolo” out on me.

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        1. Okay, Stuart — how many times have you watched the ORIGINAL “The Magnificent Seven”.
          I’m broke. The job offer won’t even pay for my bullets.

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            1. I figured, Stuart. LOVE that movie. Saw it nightly for a week – when it opened in 1960. I thought the guys, especially McQueen, were so very, very cool.

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  1. 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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    1. The littlest one (the downy) has a very short not-powerful beak. His “big brother (although they are actually unrelated) has a much longer, thicker beak. Otherwise? Just size because they look the same. And unless you just happen to see both together (highly unlikely since the big ones chase the little ones), you just try to figure out which one has the big strong beak!

      I wrote a piece about woodpeckers and the sizes which actually has a picture of both together. It’s actually a reblog from the Audubon group:

      https://teepee12.com/2019/03/01/audubon-society-bird-bullies-downy-hairy-woodpeckers-reblog/

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    2. Trent, you should check in with one of our blogger family members, “Evil Squirrel”. Evil has the spin for the porky kids poaching our bird feeder.

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    1. Bette, yesterday Marilyn and I cleaned the flat feeder. I cleaned the bird feeder and the deck table crusted with old seeds and bird/squirrel poop. Today, no evidence of yesterday’s efforts.

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  2. 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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