Photos by BarrytheBirder
My long-time friend, Ted Bird, sent me three pictures of a Red-bellied Woodpecker at his backyard birdfeeder recently. As I have never had one at my backyard feeder, I asked Ted if I could visit with my camera. On Monday, I drove up to Schomberg and sat in Ted's livingroom, with a cup of coffee, and Ted and I had a lengthy chat about several things, including birds. The Red-bellied Woodpecker, a male, showed up several times (see photo above). You can see the red-bellied spot that gives this bird its name, but which is not always visible, especially from the rear. This bird could have been called a Red-headed Woodpecker but the name was already taken by another woodpecker with an even more resplendent red head. Uninitiated bird-watchers are to be forgiven for not recognizing the Red-bellied because of an angle that often precludes its red spot, low on its belly. The female of this species has a red head also but it is confined to the nape of her head. Ted also has Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers as regular visitors to his feeders and has also had a Pileated Woodpecker visit. The two pictures below, were also taken on my Monday morning visit to the 'Bird' house: a 'Downy' on the left and a 'Hairy' on the right. It was a very pleasant hour spent watching the birds come and go and I'd like to thank Ted again for his hospitality.
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