Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common permanent residents at Chert Hollow Farm. In four years of regular record keeping, not a single month has passed without seeing one (as of Dec. 2014).


This adult female Red-bellied Woodpecker has been a regular visitor to our bird feeder, and Eric photographed her in that context. Females have red only on the nape; males have red that extends onto the top of the head. The red belly tends to be subtle, and is not visible in this photo.

We learned in the summer of 2015 that Red-bellied Woodpeckers can eat lots of fruit, including apples and tomatoes, as described in this blog post.