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Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

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Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: carolinus

Profile:

10 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Regional...

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama
Bellefonte, Arkansas
Lowell, Arkansas
Marble Falls, Arkansas
North Haven, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Beverly Hills, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Black Diamond, Florida
Cheval, Florida
Cutler, Florida
Hollister, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Lake Belvedere Estates, Florida
Miami, Florida
Palm Shores, Florida
Saint James City, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
South Daytona, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Byron, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia (2 reports)
Tyrone, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Burr Ridge, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Tinley Park, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Coatesville, Indiana
Corunna, Indiana
Patriot, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Mission Hills, Kansas
Alvaton, Kentucky
Benton, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shapleigh, Maine
South China, Maine
Hanover, Maryland
Linthicum, Maryland
Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland
White Oak, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Bark River, Michigan
Belleville, Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Golden, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Gerald, Missouri
Glendale, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Beachwood, New Jersey
Butler, New Jersey
Laurel Lake, New Jersey
Mahwah, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Oak Valley, New Jersey
Chester, New York
Clifton Park, New York
Geneva, New York
Himrod, New York
Pittsford, New York
Syracuse, New York
Yonkers, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Pfafftown, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Barberton, Ohio
Bartlett, Ohio
Bucyrus, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Haskins, Ohio
Lakeview, Ohio
Lexington, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Pleasant Grove, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Laflin, Pennsylvania
Monroe, Pennsylvania
West Kingston, Rhode Island
Irwin, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Summertown, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Benbrook, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fairchilds, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
La Porte, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mckinney, Texas
Nassau Bay, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
, Virginia
Broad Run, Virginia
Falmouth, Virginia
Groveton, Virginia
Hurt, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Canvas, West Virginia
Brodhead, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Mrs_Ed On Dec 26, 2008, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:

A really fun woodpecker to see in the yard. Forages for insects on the trees and loves suet but will also eat from other feeders. The male has red hood extending all the way to the forehead while the female has the back of the neck only.

Positive plantladylin On Dec 27, 2008, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is found throughout the state of Florida where I live. Breeding occurs from April through June. Diet for the Red-Bellied Woodpecker consists of seeds, nuts and insects as well as suet, raisins and even the pulp and juice of oranges.

Neutral DebinSC On Jan 28, 2009, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a) wrote:

If you have feeders, you can generally tell when one is about to visit since they tend to announce themselves in advance with a loud "chuck chuck".

Positive bsgardens On Jan 26, 2010, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a) wrote:

My hubby and I love this bird. They are so very colorful.
We love having them around, they let us know what trees are infested with bugs and having issues. We don't tend to see them in healthy trees. They also like to hang out with our blue jays at the bird feeder.

Positive Weedwhacker On Jan 26, 2010, Weedwhacker from Bark River (UP), MI
(Zone 4b) wrote:

A beautiful woodpecker that we never saw around here until a couple of years ago. We had to remove 2 large hybrid poplars from our that were nearly dead, which these birds seemed to hang out in, so I hope they will stay around. We're surrounded by woods with lots of trees, both dead and alive, so I don't imagine it will be an issue - but we may not see them as often.

Positive mom2goldens On Feb 7, 2010, mom2goldens from Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b) wrote:

We are fortunate enough to have this beauty visit our feeders; we see him regularly in the winter, but rarely in the summer. He usually ignores the seed and suet feeders in favor of peanuts in the shell. Although he never stays long enough to open and eat his peanut, he returns quickly for another.

Positive teddy_8905 On Mar 24, 2011, teddy_8905 from Lakeview, OH wrote:

I am relatively new to photographing birds, and I love these birds, they are fun to watch, I have a upside down feeder and they love it, and its fun to watch them hang upside down. We also have a Cottonwood tree out front and they love to perch on that. I hope this summer they come more often because we have ants in it and they are welcome to eat all they want. My hubby saw two of them on the upside down feeder at the same time, I haven't but he got lucky enough to.

Positive Treehugger73 On Apr 8, 2011, Treehugger73 from Machesney Park, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Have a male and female visiting my backyard regularly, for about two weeks now. They seem to be enjoying the food, and the beat up, half dead tree as well. They're fun to watch!

Positive xiamenmom On Aug 12, 2011, xiamenmom from Dallas, GA
(Zone 7a) wrote:

Have had a breeding pair in the yard all summer, and have now started bringing their offspring to the feeder. Fun to watch, very colorful, not at all aggressive despite their size

Positive chris1948 On Jan 23, 2012, chris1948 from Copperas Cove, TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

Nice that it's been a warm winter here so far, sitting on the front patio on the weekends and watching these two is really enjoyable. The male loves to come down and steal peanuts from the squirrel feeder which is only fair as the squirrel kept taking the woodpecker blocks and running off with them though I've fixed that. The female though is pretty skittish and is really hard to catch at the feeders.They always announce themselves and seem to materialize out of nowhere on the trunk of the tree. Love to watch how they hop around, really funny.

Positive MiamiHeatwave On Aug 20, 2012, MiamiHeatwave from Miami, FL
(Zone 10b) wrote:

For over seven years, I have seen many generations of this beautiful bird, nest in the wooden post for the electrical power in the corner of our street

I have the pleasure of enjoying their presence in the watering spot, I had built for birds and bees, so you can imagine how I felt, when one morning before going to work I noticed a city crew working in the process of replacing the wooden posts for concrete ones

I was devastated, but I understood the need for these "modern" monsters for an area that had, been affected by hurricanes in the past

But a typical "error" from the city government took place, and now we have three posts and only one made of concrete, with a new generation of red bellied woodpeckers and another that I have not been able to ID yet

For once I am glad to see how our city throws our money away : ]

I added another sighting for the area , where I live !

Timer: 25.47 jiffies (0.25472593307495).


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