Rat-a-tat-tat – Woody’s Back

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Woodpeckers are shy. This is a red-bellied woodpecker who hangs out in my yard. My suet feeders were up for over 3 months before he dared get close. Here he sits on top of my pergola, deciding whether or not to go for the feeder

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He stayed up there for about 30 minutes checking to see if it was safe. He did this several times before he decided it was safe to try out the suet.

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Eventually his appetite overcame his fear and he made the leap. It was clear right away that he was too much bird for a feeder like this.

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I’ve built him a feeder out of an old dead cedar tree – I have seen him using it, but haven’t managed to catch him with my camera – yet. I drilled 1 1/4″ holes into the log and filled the holes with suet. The little guy loves it, its like his own personal suet tree.

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By far his favorite place is my black walnut tree just off my patio. He paces along the limbs, scouting the feeders and tapping on the old tree.

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He has a distinctive call, it’s really more of a cry. It sounds mournful, sad – in contrast to his chipper face.

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I can hear him in the woods near the house. He flies in long sweeping arcs from tree to tree.

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I hear his tap and I know he’s back.

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16 thoughts on “Rat-a-tat-tat – Woody’s Back

  1. What a wonderful little bird.

    What pretty black & white feathers and red cap – your photos are beautiful. I like this WordPress template for photos – amkes them appear much larger (than some others).

    Having the same template, I find the writing hard to read also.

    • Thanks Vicki – I just love this bird. His expressions are so sweet, I’m determined to win him over:) I didn’t notice that we had the same theme – I know it’s a balance between keeping the text readable and maximizing the photos. My old theme was confusing to me – no side menus, but the photos were not very wide. I also started uploading original size images.

    • Thanks – I find this guy pretty charming. I have a pileated one that shows up occasionally (the ones with the large red crest like Woody Woodpecker). There are several types in this part of the country. I had no idea there would not be any in your neck of the woods – it’s amazing how many differences there are.

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