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Red-bellied Woodpecker Still Trying

The Red-bellied Woodpecker didn’t give up with his Magnolia Seed Berry.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

There must be a spot in this thick barked tree to lodge this berry!

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Even when he found a spot he wasn’t satisfied, and this time he may have lost it for good.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

The ground was covered with these Magnolia berries so he could easily try with another.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

This is the third and final post in this series.

See the first post here: Red-bellied Woodpecker With Magnolia Seed Berry

See the second post here: Red-bellied Woodpecker Keeps Trying

Red-bellied Woodpecker Keeps Trying

The Red-bellied Woodpecker from Wednesday’s Magnolia Seed Berry post kept looking for a place to lodge his find in a dead tree branch above me.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

He picked a pretty lichen covered perch but could not find a useful spot to put that berry.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

A couple of times I thought he had lost it in a hollow place in the branch, but he eventually got it back.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

After a few more unsuccessful tries he scanned for another spot.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker With Magnolia Seed Berry

What a find, now what do I do?

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Looking almost like a cranberry, the berries that contain the Magnolia Tree seeds are pretty hard and this Red-bellied Woodpecker was trying to figure out how to get it open.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Several ideas he had for lodging it in the bark of this tree so he could peck at it did not pan out.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Woodpecker Tree

This dead tree is a favorite with a number of woodpeckers, including a Red-bellied Woodpecker pair that was making a nest that I photographed last month.

Red-bellied woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

While I was checking in on that activity on a recent visit a Red-bellied Woodpecker was nearly camouflaged high in the tree along with what I think was a recently fledged family of Downy Woodpeckers. They were a long way up and I couldn’t get an angle for a good image but did catch this one in flight.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker Housekeeping

Over and over this Red-bellied Woodpecker peeked out the hole then ducked back in.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Finally he came out and inspected a different hole in the same tree.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Back to hole number one.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Then the chips began to fly.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

The light colored feathers on this woodpecker are much darker grey than others I have seen. I saw the pair at this same tree the week before and thought their color was different, but couldn’t be sure as the light was poor. Zoom in on the image below to see his face and body feathers.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker Looking for Lunch

Looking for something to eat in the crevices of this dead branch this Red-bellied Woodpecker kept trying, but I didn’t see him find anything.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Upside down didn’t work so he flipped upright.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

He paused for a nice profile shot.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Scouting out his next spot, he was gone in a flash.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

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