Red-bellied Woodpecker in Maine

by Lisa
(Maine)

I live in Southern Maine and put out some suet cakes and bird seed and set up a large bird feeding station. Just today I looked out my bedroom window and saw a red-bellied woodpecker eating from one of the suet cakes. I had no idea what kind of bird it was until I looked it up. Their range states that they live in southern new England and not this far north, but clearly they do. I have the same group of visitors to my yard that visit the "feed station" as I like to call it; blue jays, chickadees, tufted titmouse, downy and hairy woodpeckers, and mourning doves. The red-bellied woodpecker was a surprise. I hope to see more of it.

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by: John P

Lisa,

Enjoyed your comments on the Red Bellied Woodpecker.

We have had them at our feeders this fall and winter along with the Blue Jays competing for peanuts in our platform feeder. Also have had numerous Hairy and Downey Woodpeckers along with some nuthatches and chickadees.

Now that there is snow on the ground and it is colder the Red Bellied Woodpeckers seem to be gravitating toward the suet feeders for more calories needed for the colder weather.

We even had a few Flickers visit this fall also. They look much like the Red Bellied Woodpecker with similar rose colored markings on the head but with a speckled body and yellow coloration under their wings and black markings near neck and head.

There was an old saying that if you want to see woodpeckers at your feeder the key is suet, suet and more suet as they seem to like suet feeders positioned in a number of locations around a back yard.

Enjoy the Red Bellied Woodpecker as they are fun to watch.

I think they should have been named the rose headed woodpecker as they really have more of a rosy red color on their head than on their belly!!

John P. - Cottage Grove, MN

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