Red-bellied Woodpecker a member of the clean plate club

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Red-bellied Woodpecker at the pole feeder.

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Looking for food.

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A few millet seeds left.

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But maybe there’s something better in there.

A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices.

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This woodpecker spent a long time here yesterday morning.

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Until I observed this one, I had no idea about their tongues!

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