Red-headed Visitor

He’s been visiting for a while now but whenever he saw me coming to the window with my camera in hand, he’d quickly disappear.
But lately, he’s become less skittish and watches me for a time while I watch him. Here is my newest visitor to the bird feeder – the red-bellied woodpecker.

red-bellied woodpecker

red-bellied woodpecker

He’s about the size of an American Robin and has a black and white zebra back and a tan-colored breast. But the bright red crown is probably the most enchanting part about him. Watch him turn to show off that carnival-colored hair of his!

But why would anyone name this woodpecker “red-bellied?” Seriously, for that little coloration on its belly?

showing his red belly

showing his red belly

There’s a “red-headed woodpecker” already who sports an all-red head, so that name is taken. Red belly and all, I always enjoy watching this colorful visitor.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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14 Responses to Red-headed Visitor

  1. Aggie says:

    What beauty those photos have captured!

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  2. schuttzie says:

    We get these as well, they are so pretty! We had one years ago in our backyard trying to drill into a burning barrel. We could here him pinging away at the barrel, it was so funny! Maybe looking for insects.

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  3. He’s so cute, even if he doesn’t have a full red belly.

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  4. Maria F. says:

    Annette, I saw them for the first time in Naples, Florida. I love their colorful plumage. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  5. Very beautiful post😀

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  6. Anarette says:

    I love those creatures. Nice photos!

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  7. Really amazing pictures! What a wonderful and colorful bird!

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