I Like This Head Bang Sh*t!

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Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Why did the football coach go back to the bank?

To get his quarterback!

Interesting Fact: For birds that nest in cavities, nest holes are precious turf. Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been known to take over the nests of other birds, including the much smaller (and endangered) Red-cockaded Woodpecker. But more often they’re victims to the aggressive European Starling. As many as half of all Red-bellied Woodpecker nests in some areas get invaded by starlings. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Redbellied_Woodpecker/lifehistory )


  1. For the life of me, I can’t understand why they are called red-bellied woodpeckers, when clearly, they are red-capped woodpeckers !!! We have Red, a male of the species and Red frequents our feeder. About six months ago, we saw him bring his new family … Ruby and Rusty. We love watching them. I didn’t know they had such nesting issues. Good to know. Thanks, Jan

    • I am not sure why they call them red-bellied, it is a mystery I have to investigate. Hehehe. That is amazing that you have them coming up to your birdfeeder. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing with us. Happy Blogging! πŸ™‚

  2. I think they’re called ‘Great-Spotted’ here in France and the UK. Boy do they work hard for those insects!

    • That is pretty cool name and they are super hard workers banging that head so much. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing with us. Happy Blogging! πŸ™‚

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