Pocket of joy: Red-bellied woodpecker at the feeder

My “pocket of joy” today was the red-bellied woodpecker at the bird feeder. I don’t feed the birds in the summer or early autumn because bears get into the bird seed and tear up the feeders. We had a warm autumn, and people kept reporting bear sightings, so I only recently set up my feeders….

Our Daily Visitor: The Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpeckers live year-round in our part of the Southeastern U.S., but we haven’t seen many in past years.  In the past few weeks, however, we’ve seen them daily at the bird feeder. Red-bellied woodpecker facts: These birds sometimes wedge large nuts into bark crevices, then whack them into manageable pieces using their beaks. They also…