Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Red-bellied Woodpecker/ Wild Bird

 Red-bellied woodpecker (Melaneries carolinus) on a fence post

Although red-bellied woodpeckers are common in the eastern U.S, I live just north of its range and so was very pleased to find a friendly one on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

 Red-bellied woodpecker on a tree

This guy was wedging seeds and nuts underneath tree bark. I'm guessing it was saving treats to eat during the winter. Red-bellied woodpeckers also hide food in fences, which is exactly what it may have been doing in the first photo.

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

52 comments:

Andy said...

Camera Girl... I am amazed at all of nature photos you are posting. Keep on clicking.

see you there! said...

Your bird photos are my favorites. You capture such detail.

Darla

Jacquelineand.... said...

Stunning, and woodpeckers are one of my favourite bires!

Kerri said...

Truly a handsome fella!

Halcyon said...

What a beauty! I used to have all kinds of woodies in my backyard in Mississippi, but I have yet to see one in Toronto.

Sandra said...

he is beautiful, so is the post, I like it as much as the woodpecker... great shot

Taken For Granted said...

We occasionally see these birds here in SD, so it isn't just the Eastern U.S. where they live. Great photos of your feathered friend.

Muffy's Marks said...

Great shots they can sometimes be skittish!! Last fall we had a red-bellied take sunflower seeds from our feeder, one at a time. He spent the entire day fetching seeds and hiding them. This went on from sun up to sun down, day after day!!!

Judy said...

Great captures!! I doubt his friends will make it this far north, but I can still admire wonderful shots!

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Beautiful! These guys have been visiting the feeders here, I just haven't had time to get shots of them.

Giga said...

One są śliczne, a zdjęcia wspaniałe. Pozdrawiam.
They are beautiful, and wonderful pictures. Yours.

Judy said...

These shots are fantastic! You have better bird pictures than my bird identification book.

Gary said...

Great find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Vagabonde said...

I see these birds at our bird feeders but have never been able to take such a close shot – these are very good photos.

TexWisGirl said...

i love these guys. we keep them year-round here. :)

Stephanie said...

Beautiful bird, appreciate all the bird shots you capture with the camera.

i stora drag said...

Your photos of this woodpecker are extraordinary! And such a perfect light! The bird is also soooo sweet! :)
Greetings Pia

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is a beautiful bird and an appearance from one is always a treat.

HansHB said...

Great post! Awesome photos!

Small City Scenes said...

Very pretty. We have lots of different Woodpeckers here but I don't think we have that one. Nice shot. MB

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos of a very pretty woodpecker. I'm always astonished how many woodpecker species are variations on a theme in their plumages...

LONDONLULU said...

It's a beautiful bird - I love that bright red spot of a head and the golden light here, so warming!

Pam :) said...

Beautiful shots of the elusive Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

Glad you were finally able to spot one visiting your area.

Crafty Gardener said...

nice photos, we had one in the garden a few weeks ago, but haven't seen it since

Lowell said...

Why do y'all call red-headed woodpeckers red-bellied woodpeckers? Seems very strange. Cute though. But they can make a mess of trees!

We had lots of red-headed woodpeckers in south Florida. Well, I thought that's what they were. Now I'm not so sure. Thanks a lot! :-)

Carletta said...

A couple of lovely shots!
Really like the tones in that first one.


(I actually had a red-bellied ready to post but saw you already had so I switched.) :)

mick said...

Great photos of the woodpecker. They are beautiful.

Snowcatcher said...

Once again, great portraits of the woodpecker, and lovely bokeh to boot!

RedPat said...

He's a dapper guy! Fabulous pics of him, EG!

Ellie said...

Oh what wonderful pictures - I really love your first one. He is quite an elegant looking bird isn't he?

Jori said...

Wow! I have never seen one before! It's is so beautiful!

Susan said...

These are so great, they almost don't look real. WOW!!!!!

eileeninmd said...

Pretty shots of the Redbellied Woodie! They are great birds to see! Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

Buttons said...

Oh you rock these are amazing. B

Larry said...

Great shots of the Red-bellied Woodpecker CameraGirl! They are certainly amazing birds!

Jack said...

Beautiful images of this colorful bird. I'm going to take a color-blindness test tomorrow. Its head looks red but its belly looks yellow. What do I know?

George said...

These are great portraits of the woodpecker.

Stewart M said...

Great pictures of a great bird - I miss woodpeckers!

Did you post a "banging your head against solid objects" to continue my politicians theme!!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW!

Stewart M - Australia

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful woodpecker viewing.
Thanks for the comment on my blog :)
Hanne Bente

Kathy said...

Probably another sign of global warming! But at least it's a positive one for you.

Ayu Maselli said...

Hello..thanks for your visit and lovely comment. wow very cute bird. you have lots of beautiful photos.
by the way my ginger tea so helpful;)

have anice week to you

Marie said...

Beautiful photos of the woodpecker! I especially love the first one....Christmas card material for sure!

Dave said...

The texture of that first image is fanastic.

Craver Vii said...

Those are incredible photos! I especially like the second one because of the light. Magnifique!

bailey-road.com said...

What beautiful captures! I love these woodpeckers.

Rose Hascall said...

We have a lot of these in our neck of woods. Love them.

Brian King said...

That first photo is just gorgeous! Well done! We have them at the feeders, but I've never taken shots like these.

Julie Hargreaves said...

Beautiful woodpecker photos

Wally Jones said...

Very nice images! We had a pair nest in the yard this year. A lot of fun watching them teach the young one to eat!

Francisca said...

Wow, new camera?

Rohrerbot said...

It's always an unexpected treat finding one of these "rare" birds outside the zone. Good eye:)

Rose said...

One of these came to my feeder this morn, also....

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