Belly up to the suet bar

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker savors snowy suet cake.

This one is a female.

Adult males have a red cap going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification.

Looks like we are lucky to have them, if this map is right, because we are at the limits of their range.

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The Red Bellied Woodpecker Feeding PreferencesThe Red bellied woodpecker forages on limbs and tree trunks of deciduous trees. They prefer eating beetles, grasshoppers, ants, acorns, beechnuts and fruits. During winter, their diet is mostly seeds and can often be found at birdfeeders. They are also able to store food in crevices of tree bark for later consumption.

So maybe it’s eating the seeds as much as the suet in the suet cake? And a suet cage is an easier “perch” for a woodpecker?

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