Red-bellied woodpeckers on this page including one which appears to be shaping a hole for a future nest or a food stash.
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A male red-bellied woodpecker.
A red-bellied woodpecker running up the tree.
This is a female red-bellied woodpecker. A male has a continuous strip of red from the beak to the back of the head while the female has a grey patch between the red sections.
Early in the morning I noticed this red-bellied woodpecker pecking away at the tree approximately 30 feet above the ground.
After the woodpecker's head disappeared in the hole, I realized it was more than a surface depression.
Here's a side view of the same hole on a different day.
The hole looks to be quite deep and a nearly perfectly round opening.
A red-bellied woodpecker sticking its head out of a much larger hole in a different tree.
All photos © S. M. Garver