From my office desk I can watch a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers who have selected a dead palm tree right outside the window to hollow out a nest cavity. Remember, folks, dead trees can be a home to wildlife just as easily as a live one. Keep that in mind before you cut down that old snag you think is an eyesore. For the past few weeks they have been diligently excavating the cavity, oftentimes with excavated material being tossed […]
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A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are constantly at the backyard bird feeders. A male and a female that seem fairly inseparable. Given all the bird feed they eat all day they must be two of the fattest Red-bellied Woodpeckers in the neighborhood. More power to them. Look! The infamous red plumage on their belly that gives them their name. Mmmm! Lots of good things to eat in here. Looks a bit like a red mohawk. Photos from a rainy day […]
A Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is a female based on the fact the red feathers on her head don’t come all the way down her forehead to her beak like they do with the male. And note the red feathered belly, which is very prominent on this individual. Usually the red feathers on the belly are more discrete and hard to see.