Red-bellied Woodpecker- May 16, 2014 - 0012 Red-bellied Woodpecker- May 16, 2014 - 0015

A couple of days ago I was watching the birds at our bird feeders while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning when a Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up. After a few desultory pecks at the bird feeder, the woodpecker headed over to our large maple tree, where it moved around the tree in a very orderly manner. It was as though it had a search map so that it could cover each part of the tree in order while it went about looking for, catching and eating the insects that were located in the rough bark of the tree. I quickly grabbed my camera and got several photos of the woodpecker, including these. These shots were taken through our windows since I knew that getting outside would scare the woodpecker away. While I enjoyed seeing the woodpecker, I was very happy that it did not decide to make a home in our maple tree.

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