RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER

We’ve been seeing a lot of woodpeckers. Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Flickers, Hairy and Downy woodpeckers. You’d think there would be plenty of bugs for them in the trees, but they want seeds too.

I don’t know if the seeds are dessert or a main course. I’d ask them, but they never answer me. Look at the size of that beak!



Categories: #Birds, #gallery, #Photography, Nature, New England, Wildlife, Woodpeckers

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  1. Is it just me.., or does that woodpecker have a red “head”? wouldn’t that make him a “redheaded woodpecker”? I’m just sayin’.

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    • The thing is that ALL the woodpeckers have red heads. Some completely red, others like the red-belly with a red “cap.” The females in some (the Downy and Hairy woodpeckers) don’t have a red head, but the males do. All the others, both sexes have big red patches on their head. You can’t call ALL of them red headed, so they gave them other names. If you look online or in a book, you’ll see that red headedness is a woodpecker “thing.” The one actually CALLED a red-headed woodpecker has an entirely red head. All the others are partly red. Including this fellow.

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