Birds in New Jersey 2016

6 May 2016: Female red-bellied woodpecker
It's always a special moment when a red-bellied woodpecker shows up. This is a female (she doesn't have a solid red patch on her head and neck). Also at the feeders are house sparrows and a red-winged blackbird.

The following photos are closeups of the female red-bellied woodpecker. You can see her tongue going into the feeder to help extricate a peanut.

Does she get a peanut?

Not quite. It drops to the bottom of the metal mesh of the feeder.

Will she be able to get it out of the bottom of the mesh?

She gets a half. In the next instant, she flies off with it, perhaps to feed a nestling.




Eggs, babies, and what's happening with the birds at FDU in May 2016 >>




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