Red-bellied Woodpeckers depend on dead trees for nesting. Recent studies have shown that these woodpeckers experienced low breeding due to cutting sites of dead trees; however, predators are still of main concern. The juvenile red-bellied woodpecker are ready to fledge its nest at 24 to 26 days of age. Natal dispersal has been observed on juvenile red-bellied woodpeckers. The juvenile red-bellied woodpecker remains approximately 27 weeks in its natal area after fledging. In some cases, the woodpecker may return to its natal area for breeding depending on predation levels and food resources.
It often nests on human structures such as bridges and buildings. Nesting activity may start as early as the first days of April. The nest is an open cup with a mud base and lined with moss and grass, built in crevice in a rock or man-made site; two to six eggs are laid. Both parents feed the young and usually raise two broods per year. The eastern phoebe is occasionally host to the nest-parasitic brown-headed cowbird.
First time I have seen the red belly on the Red-bellied woodpecker. good capture! Interesing facts on the eastern Phoebe
Thank you very much, Jane. 🙂
Yes…ditto here! First time the red belly is seen!
Thank you, Indira. 🙂
A wonderful pair you present today, HJ. It’s always a joy to see such a beautiful photo of the red-bellied woodpecker, one bird don’t see on the west coast. Same with the eastern phoebe, and what a lovely pose you captured, in great light. Many thanks,HJ.
Thanks so much, my dear friend. It’s always a pleasure to have you visiting. 🙂
“Phoebe” is such a beautiful name for a bird!
Thank you, D. 🙂
Beautiful rainbow colours, HJ!
Thank you, Chris. 🙂
Thanks for these fabulous photos! We actually have both of these!
The Red-bellies come to the suet block daily.
Our Phoebe nested twice this year, in the space under our porch where the basement opens out to the driveway.
Wish I could get pics like these!
Thank you very much, 13. For sharing. 🙂