Thursday, February 2, 2012
We have a short break between pork processing steps so I thought I would post something short and sweet. Introducing our woodpeckers! Click to enlarge my photos.
This red bellied woodpecker is a regular at our feeding station. Although their heads are the first thing you notice, there is a spot of reddish color on their belly, hence the name. You can't see it very well when they are feeding but look closely next time and you can see it's sort of pinkish. They hang on with their feet and swing back and forth, darting away when some other little bird decides it's his turn. They rest on one of the trees, hopping here and there, until they reclaim the feeder.
Here is an internet photo
He is one of several woodpecker varieties that visit. We also have a pileated woodpecker, the one with the big feathery red head, that visits. I suppose this is what Woody Woodpecker is. I have not seen it at the feeder but it's apparently pretty funny. It's so large that it overwhelms the suet feeder.
We also have pretty little downy woodpeckers. The little guy below is not one of my photos- you can find a link beneath the photo. We hear their tap, tap, tapping all through the woods.
I like to take my lounger and move it near the feeder, keeping very still. They will disregard you at some point and you can enjoy seeing all the different varieties at close range. Sometimes the cat joins me but I keep a real tight grip on her!
Downy woodpecker image and sound
Pileated Woodpecker call
link to red bellied