The Red-bellied Woodpecker

Read this snippet about beloved Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker has to be one of my favorite birds!  I have been lucky enough to have one at my feeders in the winter, even though New Hampshire is on the outskirts of this bird’s range.  They are common in the Midwest and throughout the east except for northern New England.  They are most often seen on tree trunks searching the bark for food. Red-bellied Woodpeckers attract mates by drumming on hollow trees, metal roofs or even gutters—anything that resonates loudly. Attract them by putting out suet. I love seeing these birds!

–Mindy Goley

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  • Sue March 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I love the red bellied’s too. I have 2 males and 2 females that visit my feeders for suet and peanuts. They actually each have their own distinctive behavior that lets me tell them apart!

  • sharney camm-hoza January 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I just saw my first Red Bellied Woodpecker on my suet and I am thrilled,Its the first time I have seen the real thing

  • Donna Cook January 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I have 3 Downy Woodpeckers – 2 males, 1 female. 1 male is quite large and the other two smallish. Then today as I was looking out I saw my first Red Bellied Woodpecker at one of the suet feeders while the large downy was at the other. I was thrilled to bits to see the Red Bellied Woodpecker. And since he has left the feeder, about 10 minutes ago, he is sitting on one of the trees outside. Just beautiful.

  • Joan Phillips August 25, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Once I started hanging suets near my seed feeder, the woodpeckers appeared daily. I have 3 kinds, including the Red Bellied, and they are so amusing to watch. Some of them will allow the little wrens to feed on the opposite side of the suet, but most chase all the other birds until they are done!