Red-bellied Woodpecker building nest in my treehouse!
by Kelley Ramsey
(Alpharetta Georgia USA)
My name is Kelley Ramsey and I have a Red-bellied Woodpecker building a nest in my daughters tree house which we haven't quite finished as of yet.
I have lived in this house for 5 years and started seeing woodpeckers of different sorts for about 3 years. I use a lot of different feeders to feed my backyard friends. Platform feeders, suet feeders, the type that close with the weight of the bird and also the type with several different holes that do not close with the weight of the birds.
I have seen the woodpeckers eat out of all of them. I use a variety of seed. Seed with fruit, seed with bug bits, bought suet and homemade suet. I have also used peanuts in the shell. All of the birds seem to enjoy all of the different kind of seed I put out for them.
I just found the nest they are working on tonight. I will keep an eye out on it and let you know how it is coming along. I don't want to scare them away because this will be a great photo opportunity for me. I got a great camera for Christmas this year and hopefully will be able to get some great pictures of the woodpeckers building, laying and taking care of their babies. Stay tuned to the Red-bellied Woodpecker building in my tree house.