Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker’s are visiting today! Dad (Melvin) is feeding baby a bit of some suet cake. It will be nice to watch his baby grow.

These woodpeckers like sunflower seeds, suet, and peanuts. The majority of their diet consists of insects. This usually includes beetles, grasshoppers, ants, and other insects.

The male, red-bellied woodpecker displays red on both its nape and crown. The female, red-bellied woodpecker has red on its nape but not its crown.

The breeding season for Red-bellied Woodpecker begins in early winter and late spring in March and April. Both males and females will choose a nest site together.

Most male and female, red-bellied woodpeckers excavate their nesting cavities, the male does most of the work.

They search and explore the potential nest sites and communicate by tapping each other. Then, they would dig up a nesting area in dead trees or the dead limbs of live trees. There are no additional materials placed inside, other than wood chips that would serve as the bedding for the eggs.

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