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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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This female is the queen of the suit feeder. She will come in and all the other woodpeckers will sit in the tree to wait till she is done.

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They are a beautiful bird. The ones that come to my feeder are much more shy than this one seems to be.

Why are the called "Red Bellied"?

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Probably because "red headed" woodpecker was already taken. They also often have a subtle wash of rust coloring along the belly.

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Uh-oh. I better get out the bird book--guess I can't tell the male from the female. Never thought about it. Now you have me curious. Everyone else does seem to scatter when they come, don't they? I have one trying to eat thistle and chips from a tube feeder. Hard on those little holes. Thanks for posting these.

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This guy looks as though he is singing the blues, Nymph. Maybe he could use a visit with the 'little lady' who is queen of your feeders.

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In your photo he looks to be wearing safety shields. That got me thinking about nictitating membranes. I never really thought about it much but some birds have them. Not quite sure if that is what I am seeing there or not in the picture. Interesting.

This is a quote I found.

Woodpeckers tighten their nictitating membrane a millisecond prior to their beak impacting the trunk of a tree in order to prevent their eyes from leaving their sockets.

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This is a quote I found.

Woodpeckers tighten their nictitating membrane a millisecond prior to their beak impacting the trunk of a tree in order to prevent their eyes from leaving their sockets.

Yikes! That sounds painful. Thanks for the research. That's interesting. I was disappointed that his eye was closed. However, since the background is really busy and distracting anyway, it was kind of fun to get a glimpse of more bird behavior.

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However, since the background is really busy and distracting anyway, it was kind of fun to get a glimpse of more bird behavior.

Better the background than the foreground. grin

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Eureka! Now I can say I learned something today. That's very interesting. Thanks

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