Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Woodpeckers generally perch with their tummies against a tree, so it took me a long time to understand why Red-bellied Woodpeckers have that name:

Red-bellied Woodpecker - suet feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker – suet feeder

The bright red nape and head seemed entirely sufficient to me, but another woodpecker claimed that name first…

  1. #1 by rkward on 2015-04-04 - 08:49

    I’ve often thought how there should be companion books to many wildlife ID books, “Poorly and Misnamed [???] of [State]”. It does seem like many things are named for their most subtle features and it is not until later that they make sense, if ever.

    • #2 by Ed on 2015-04-04 - 10:03

      not until later that they make sense, if ever.

      An increasing number of things in this modern world we live in fall into that category, too… [sigh]

  2. #3 by Red County Pete on 2015-04-04 - 08:57

    We have a White-headed woodpecker around the suet feeder. I think this is the one who grew up in the garden-gate stump. When he was little he’d pop up in the nest hole to look at me as I went by, so he’s not terribly afraid of people.

    The Cassin’s finches just made their appearance. Kitchen duty has some great entertainment…

    • #4 by Ed on 2015-04-04 - 10:09

      I misread that as “Cassini’s finches” and wondered what he was doing birdwatching in the Northwest…

  3. #5 by madbodger on 2015-04-04 - 09:01

    I’m thinking of tacking a board to the bottom of one of my suet feeders for woodpeckers to brace their tails against. I read that’s how they prefer to feed.

    • #6 by Ed on 2015-04-04 - 10:05

      The little Downy Woodpeckers and larger Hairy Woodpeckers would certainly appreciate that, but the squirrels would probably benefit the most. I must add an extension to the bracket that holds our suet feeder…