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Friday, November 2, 2018

Photo Share: A very playful Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)

I stuffed some suet in the bark of the tree outside the window and was amazed at how fast the woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees discovered it was there. Then I was fascinated by the antics they displayed in determining the pecking order for a seat at the table. I watched as the downy, red-bellied, and hairy woodpeckers exhibited behaviors related to conflict, food-storing, and even a little showing off and courtship.

They were dodging and shifting around the trunk of a tree sometimes with a Black-capped Chickadee as the imaginary assailant. I also watch wild, erratic flight as the woodpeckers looped in, out, and around, the tree as if being pursued by a hawk.

Other behaviors to watch for with the Red-bellied Woodpeckers is occasionally tapping on the trees with slight provocation perhaps as a part of practice courtship by juveniles, and also storing, miscellaneous objects, and food in the trees crevices.

Related Articles:
- What’s the best suet for Michigan wild birds? http://bit.ly/tcKasp
- Michigan made suet feeders: http://bit.ly/rbKskX
- How many woodpeckers are in Michigan? http://bit.ly/tJ7e6S
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Red-Bellied Woodpecker stores its food in the barks of trees http://bit.ly/nqYS7j
- How do I Attract Woodpeckers? http://bit.ly/o4CLqI

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