Our red-bellied neighbor

Red-bellied Woodpecker

This Red-bellied Woodpecker, a female, is definitely a neighbor. She lives close by. She visits our food supply daily and has become less wary of me.

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Her species name is a bit confusing, since we rarely see the faint patch of red on her belly.

The patch on her head indicates she is a female. On males the red goes all the way to the beak.

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At the suet dough banquet table.

What would she eat if I weren’t such a diligent provider this winter?

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One female Red-bellied Woodpecker. That’s my weekly entry on the Project Feederwatch site.

I hope a male turns up this spring!

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That’s one healthy looking bird.

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