Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Red Bellied Wood Pecker

Here is a tip I learned from Abraham Lincoln. Of course my photo's can't touch his and the oranges mostly attract squirrels, but I do capture the occasional bird from time to time. I know this is nothing new to most of you birders, but Maureen and I were thrilled to learn this new trick for feeding our birds.














Thanks for stopping by,
Craig Glenn

16 comments:

Leedra said...

You commented on my blog about telling the difference. Look at the top of the head. All except one of your photo's are the male. See how the red goes all the way across the head. The next to the last photo, the red appears to have a white spot between the red in the front and back, that is a female. But yes, as you said, get that book out. It is the best way to learn this,the more you learn, the more fun.

Shellmo said...

The oranges make for a prettier photo setting w/ your red bellied woodpecker too!! Great idea!

jalynn01 said...

How cool!! Not only Redbelly Woodpeckers love oranges but so do Mockingbirds and Orioles.This is the exact right tiime to keep the oranges out cause the Orioles return to nest about this time. For many years I put out oranges just to attract Baltimore Orioles, and found out alot of other birds enjoy them too.

Lanny said...

What a clever way of putting out the oranges! When ever I read or hear someone speak of a "bellied" anything I think of Dirt calling every bird a yellow bellied sap sucker. It makes his girls giggle.

Bird Girl said...

I'll tell you that Red-belly will be so full of vitamin C - it'll NEVER get a cold ;-) Great pictures, Craig - and lots of fun! Good thing you live in FL where the oranges are cheap ;-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

So THIS is what you are up to when my back is turned. LOL!! Here is another one, put apple cut into quarters on there too, some of the birds love it. :)

dAwN said...

Yes..Oranges are a great idea...maybe you will get orioles...my parents put out Grape Jelly for thier Orioles and they love it.

Steve B said...

Cool, I should think that you may get oriols and butterflies too.

david mcmahon said...

Abe is the perfect person to learn from, Craig.

Tina said...

Craig,
That is going to be one healthy red-belly!! I LOVE your idea and am so glad you had a visitor other than the squirrels! I put out oranges and grapes several times but to no avail...not even a red-belly visit! So glad you were there to get these shots...plus it must have bee fun to watch him eat that juicy pulp!! Do hope you see some orioles show up..how cool would that be!!

scot said...

Hey, If you put some steak and potatoes out there, you can get some great shots of a bald-headed fat-bellied brother!!!

Darla said...

Way cool! We have so many woodpeckers of all types in our back woods it sounds like a bunch of monkeys using jack hammers!

Abe said...

I must say thanks. I learned the orange thing last spring. I drilled holes for small dowell rods in the fence posts at an angle and left them in. Now I just spear orange halves onto them. The orioles love them. Our resident Red-bellied Woodpecker has never touched them that I know about so your experience there came as a complete surprise.

Also, if you have a board fence with real boards and the boards are somewhat separated by a gap about the size of your finger -- stick peanuts in the gaps. Non shelled and nosalt peanuts work fine. Sometimes the woodpeckers spend a lot of time trying to get them out as do squirrels and blue jays.

bettyl said...

Just lovely birds!! And the duck image in your blog title is awesome!

Salty said...

Nice shots Craig. It suprised me that the red-bellies went for the oranges.

HANNIBAL said...

Holy cow, Craig, you are getting closer with your camera to your subjects! It was cool to see them eating oranges!