Friday, March 1, 2019

Red-bellied Woodpecker

This past month proved to be the snowiest February in Minnesota history. Repeated snow storms made birding difficult. A steady stream of regular species, including this male Red-bellied Woodpecker, did visit the suet feeder. These woodpeckers are habitat and food generalists. Unlike others, Red-bellied Woodpeckers seldom excavates for insects. They search for insects by other methods, and also consume fruit, seeds, and even small vertebrates. They are less likely than other woodpecker species to cache food (Miller et al. 2019).

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