Monday, February 4, 2008

Red-bellied Woodpecker

This woodpecker has been coming to my feeder for several months but every time I tried to get close enough to the window to get his picture he flew away. I guess he got tired of the game because he let me get these pictures today.
When I was a kid we'd say a little rhyme "red headed woodpecker sittin on a fence. Tried to make a dollar out of fifteen cents"

47 comments:

Nancy said...

Dot...this woodpecker is so pretty.What vibrant colors.

granmal said...

That is a really pretty bird! And you took that through the window - wow your good! We had a very large woodpecker last summer in our yard - but I wasn't able to get a close shot- good job!

Andrea said...

I have never seen a woodpecker this close up. We have them all around here but they are usually pecking on a tree. I was not aware they would go to a feeder. I thought they just ate wood. LOL

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh, such a pretty bird... I just did a little post about a woodpecker. Great pictures. We have one around here that keeps tapping on the metal roof... day after day! sigh... LOL

Lilli & Nevada said...

That truly is a nice colorful woodpecker. Never seen one that pretty. Ours around here are very blah looking.

Annie said...

He's an absolute beauty, a wonderful subject for your photography today.

AVCR8TEUR said...

That is a wonderful collage of your woodpecker friend. I'm not sure I've ever seen one in those colors. Definitely a great capture!

Isadora said...

What a wonderful little fellow - such colors...and he's in 'hog heaven' sitting by a spread like that.

Ida said...

Working hard for every dollar... ;)
Great shots!
I think he feels confident by now. :)

patsy said...

what a lovely bird. i haven't seen a wood pecker in years but i thought i heard one yesterday.

oldmanlincoln said...

These are beautiful birds you have photographed. I posted one today on my birds blog.

guild-rez said...

Dot, great shots..
Red-bellied woodpeckers are noisy birds, and have many varies calls. Often, these woodpeckers "drum" to attract mates. I watched one woodpecker to tap on aluminum roofs, and hollow trees to communicate with potential partners.
cheers Gisela

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Susan said...

Great shots! Why is it red-bellied when it is his head that is red?

Andrée said...

Wow, those are gorgeous photos. I only have the downy. it's fascinating me how their backs are so similar yet their heads are so different. I hope to see these someday.

Kerri said...

Wow....he is SO BEAUTIFUL! Your pics are Fantastic!!

Sister--Three said...

Yellow belly woodpecker!

Old Wom Tigley said...

This is the first time at looking at these I can see where the name comes from.. why not Red Headed I don't know ha!
These are a beautiful bird, on my travels around the blog world today it seems many of us had the chance to capture the local bird life.. I'll post my captures from Saturday morning at the feeders tonight.

DarylE said...

I am SO impressed. Really. And envious. Dear friends have a home in rural Connecticut and I love going there on weekends #1 because the view from the deck is amazing, I have a zillion photos of it BUT they also have several bird feeders which attract lots of interesting birds .. and a few small redheaded woodpeckers which are camera shy and sense me as soon as I pick up the camera, I dont even need to get near a window .. LOL .. but I will keep trying and one day I too will have such a fabulous shot.. I hope

Tina Leigh said...

Mama those are such good pictures. I love the color!

Dirty Knees said...

I gues he's finally tame enough to trust you...or he's awfully hungry. ;-)

happyone said...

You sure take some great bird shots!! These of the woodpecker are wonderful - love the colors.

ArneA said...

Impressive and almost unbelievable
Not only one shot, but a few.
Your camera cannot be more than inches from your finger all the time

Dick said...

Just like in Abe's post, beautiful colors.

PEA said...

What a nice red cap he has!! We don't get that kind of woodpecker over here....I think the one we have are called Downy Woodpecker. There's one who has been hanging around our backyard..can always tell he's around by the noise he makes on the trees! lol xox

RuneE said...

You must a camera on a tripod continuously pointing at that bird feeder to get such great pictures!

DigitalShutterMania said...

DOT, great wood packer photos. I wish I could have a home where I could live among the beautiful nature. Anyway what kind of camera you use?

Cheers,
DSM

Edmund (the explorer) Nesbitt said...

I have made up a verse for you Auntie Dot!

Auntie Dot from Georgia, camera at the ready!
Takes good pictures with hands skilled and steady!

LOL!

Lots of love from Edmund.
(I am still at my grandmas...she's knitting me some stuff for my expedition!)

Ex-Shammickite said...

I love the pictures in your most recent 3 posts, great details in the plant, the fungus and the woodpeckers. Keep the photos coming, I am enjoying them!

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Mike said...

Wow! You guys have all the best birds!

Kostas said...

Amazing photographs, very beautiful the bird, the colours but also the focus marvellous.

alexander said...

Beautiful bird. The colour on his head is beautiful.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

helen said...

These photos are very good and the bird is beautiful.

Yolanda said...

I remember these fondly from the years I lived in south. Love them.

Kostas said...

Invitation for my visit in current post!

guild-rez said...

Dot..
picture was taken during an Air Show Festival in Germany, using an Canon EOS autofocus 35 mm film
camera.
Posted two pictures for the event in advance since I am traveling for a few weeks.
chhers..

Rick said...

I love chasing them around a tree with a zoom lens..LOLOLOL!!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a fun little rhyme and what a pretty bird :0

Sharon said...

What awesome shots!

Paulie said...

Neat photo! I used to think you couldn't take good photos through windows but found out otherwise myself and now through yours too!

lv2scpbk said...

Love these shots. Woodpeckers are so beautiful with the bright red.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Wonderful pictures of the red-headed woodpecker. I have never seen on in Nature. i am not sure they come this far north.

smilnsigh said...

Wow, gorgeous photos of him!!!

Mari-Nanci

Max-e said...

Nice shots Dot

Sonia said...

WOW! Just stunning photo!

Dottie said...

I'm so jealous! This is a beautiful bird! There haven't been too many birds around here lately. It's been pretty cold and my bird feeder was full of snow. I guess I should've cleaned it up for them :)

Angie said...

He is so beautiful!! I have a Downey Woodpecker that visits my suet feeder and I caught a quick glimpse of another woodpecker that I think was a Red-bellied last week. I think I'll set out sunflower seeds and see if I can get him to come again!

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