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Red-bellied woodpecker

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I know they are supposed to be in central MN but I am up in the Biwabik area and have had a female Red-Bellied woodpecker coming around for the past couple of weeks. Is there any thing different that I can put out for her (besides seeds and suit)? I have never seen one before this and kind of like having her around.

Thanks for any input.....

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Speaking only for the red-bellies being fed here, the only other thing these seem to like is plucking kernels of corn from the ear corn feeder. May not be real feasible there but that's one other thing they like at our feeders. Others may have different experiences.

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Thanks Dotch...

I couldn't find any corn still on the ear so I picked up some deer corn. She doesn't seem to mind. She has been taking and hiding it non-stop since I put it out. My old man says they might go for nuts or acorns as well. I think I will give that a try too. She sure does like the corn though.

Thanks again for the tip.

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Your old man is probably right about the nuts. The red-bellied woodpeckers love acorns over at our other pasture but between them, the blue jays, the squirrels and the sheep, there aren't many left to pick up and feed over the winter. Glad to hear she likes the corn! grin

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I simply just use suet and seed, and we have about 15 different red-bellies that come to out feeders in eagan.

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Sorry Paul.. No pics. The only red bellied woodpecker i have seen has left the building. She hasn't been here for the past two days anyways. If she comes back I will see what i can do though.

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The last one gives us an interesting view of the reason he is called a red-bellied. Beautiful eye on the first. Whenever I get a red-bellied, he has his eyes closed.

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Believe me there were plenty with his eyes closed. I held down the shutter to get at least one with his eyes open.

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