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Sunday, May 11, 2014


Hi Everybody!!
WOW oh wow-what a great day over here! I hope all of you had a good Mother's Day and that you gave a moment of thought about Mothers, especially your Mom. Thank You to Google for celebrating with Mother's Day Doodle. I had the pleasure of seeing the baby woodpecker for the first time since he hatched. His Mom and Dad have been taking food in for a few days and finally he popped his head out to say: Hi Everybody!! The photostudy is the only shots of this baby in the nest. The nest will be vacant until next Spring. I hope you feel the joy of a new Mom (or Dad) viewing this precious red-bellied woodpecker of Rainbow Creek 2014!!

Thanks to auto Awesome for the quick clips!




Red-bellied Woodpecker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Adult male
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Species:M. carolinus
Binomial name
Melanerpes carolinus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Range of M. carolinus

The Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is a medium-sizedwoodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds in southern Canada and the northeastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the Red-headed Woodpecker, however, is another species that is a rather close relative but looks quite different.

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Adult female – showing reddish belly.


Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underparts; they have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red cap going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification. They are 22.85 to 26.7 cm (9.00 to 10.51 in) long, and have a wingspan of 38 to 46 cm (15 to 18 in).[3]


Red-bellied woodpeckers are noisy birds, and have many varied calls. Calls have been described as sounding like churr-churr-churror thrraa-thrraa-thrraa with an alternating br-r-r-r-t sound. Males tend to call and drum more frequently than females, but both sexes call. Often, these woodpeckers "drum" to attract mates. They tap on aluminum roofs, metal guttering, hollow trees and even transformer boxes, in urban environments, to communicate with potential partners. Babies have a high-pitchedbegging call of pree-pree-pree. They will continue to give a begging call whenever they see their parents for a while after fledging.
These birds mainly search out arthropods on tree trunks. They may also catchinsects in flight. They are omnivores, eating insects, fruits, nuts and seeds. Their breeding habitat is usually deciduous forests. They nest in the decayed cavities of dead trees, old stumps, or in live trees that have softer wood such as elmsmaples, or willows; both sexes assist in digging nesting cavities. Areas around nest sites are marked with drilling holes to warn others away.
Though the species is not globally threatened, it depends on large trees for nesting. In areas that are extensively deforested, the birds will sometimes utilize gardens, but for the most part simply will not be present in any numbers.[4]
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Peeking out of its nest


As with all animals, foraging becomes an important role in an animal’s ability to survive and reproduce. The Red-bellied Woodpecker expresses foraging behavior by catching or storing food.[5] The woodpecker uses its bill for foraging as a chisel drilling into bark or probing cracks on trunk of trees.[5] In this manner, the Red-bellied Woodpecker is able to pull out beetles and other insects from the tree with the help of its long tongue.[5] This behavior is also seen for storing food from other animals by hiding food behind bark or deep in cracks of a tree.[5] According to studies from Williams 1975, Breitwisch 1977, and Batzil 1979, the Red-bellied Woodpecker spent 20% to 69% foraging on dead or decaying trees. In addition, Williams 1975, Breitwisch 1977, and Batzil 1979 observed Red-bellied Woodpecker 80% gleaning and probing and 10% excavating on trees in South Florida pine habitat.[6]The Red-bellied Woodpecker relies on snags or dying trees for foraging and nesting.[7]

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A female Red-bellied Woodpecker feeding her chick


Predators of adult Red-bellied Woodpeckers include birds of prey such as Sharp-shinned hawks and Cooper's hawks, black rat snakes and house cats. Known predators of nestlings and eggs include Red-headed Woodpeckers, owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, gray rat snakes and black rat snakes. When approached by apredator, Red-bellied Woodpeckers either hide from the predator, or harass it with alarm calls. They defend their nests and young aggressively, and may directly attack predators that come near the nest.


In early May, the Red-bellied Woodpeckers begin breeding activities by drumming patterns; such as, slow taps followed by short rapid drumming.[8] Woodpeckers depend on dead and drying wood for nesting purposes. The male Red-bellied Woodpecker takes the initiative in locating a nest hole. He will then seek approval from his female mate by mutual tapping.[9] The Red-bellied Woodpecker excavates holes in trees for nesting and roosting.[10] By excavating cavities, they play an important role in the forest communities for other species as well.[7] For example, species such as squirrels and bats use these cavities as shelter.[10] The female Red-bellied Woodpecker accepts the nesting hole by completing the excavation and entering the nest hole.
Researchers have documented that Red-bellied Woodpeckers have the tendency to nest in clear areas with only few trees.[10] Studies have indicated that close canopy areas does not impact the bird’s nesting behavior; however, further studies are needed and are in progress.[10] Red-bellied Woodpeckers are territorial during the nesting season and they breed once per year. A pair-breeding woodpecker begins nesting in April or May holding a year-round territories and showing high site fidelity.[11]
Red-bellied Woodpeckers depend on dead trees for nesting.[12] Recent studies have shown that these woodpeckers experienced low breeding due to cutting sites of dead trees; however, predators are still of main concern.[12][13] The juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker are ready to fledge its nest at 24 to 26 days of age. Natal dispersal has been observed on juvenile Red-bellied Woodpeckers.[11] The juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker remains approximately 27 weeks in its natal area afterfledging.[11] In some cases, the woodpecker may return to its natal area for breeding depending on predation levels and food resources.[11]


It has been noted that vocal signals in Red-bellied Woodpeckers is used to attract and communicate with potential mates.[9]A low “grr, grr” sound is observed in a pair of woodpeckers from the start of courtship until the end of the breeding season.[9]In an intraspecific conflict, the Red-bellied Woodpeckers usually make a loud “chee-wuck, chee-wuck, chee-wuck” sound. As indicated by Kilham 1983, the Red-bellied Woodpecker drums with its bill during conflict situation and taps to maintain pair bonding. An example of a conflict event between Red-bellied Woodpeckers would be competing for the same mate. Nevertheless, the Red-bellied Woodpeckers are known to be in monogamous relationships.

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I saw the baby one more time this cloudy morning. The Dad was on top of the tree above the nest. That means the baby is going to fly today! He will not come back to the nest anymore, they live in the trees now. Here are the last pics in the nest from this morning. This has been the greatest Mother's Day gift for an old Bird Lady. Thank You to all of You who wished me a nice day. My life is enriched because of YOU!

...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time!