Male Red-bellied Woodpeckers Collecting Berries

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The palm tree berries in Everglades City are ready for the picking, and the male Red-bellied Woodpeckers are collecting them as fast as they can, then stashing them in tree trunk crevices and holes for later consumption for him, the Mrs, and soon to be babies.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (male) collecting berries

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (male) collecting berries

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Red-bellied Woodpecker on a palm tree trunk peppered with
holes they create to suck out tree sap and also use for food storage

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (male) delivering a berry to the nest

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“A Brief Break”
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

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These are taken along “The Broadway” where there are lots of Red-bellies and lots of berries.  Needless to say, this is pretty awesome entertainment to watch and have fun trying to photograph!  😃

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30 thoughts on “Male Red-bellied Woodpeckers Collecting Berries

    • Thank you, Jane. Good question, and I’m not sure the answer after searching the internet. But it makes sense. I’ve heard Cedar Waxwings and Robins eating too many overripened berries and getting drunk!

  1. Great shots, Donna! Only in recent years have we seen RBWs here… they’ve become one of my favorites. They sound like they are calling, “Dirt, dirt, dirt!” 🙂

  2. These birds are a becoming a staple of West Florida beaches, they love to nest in palm trees.
    You got fantastic shots and the sunlight made even better. 🙂

  3. Thank you Donna for your amazing photos.
    They deliver plenty of curiosity and intrigue.
    These woodpeckers know where to go to find food.
    Don’t they? Have a peaceful weekend

  4. That’s quite a pantry the woodpecker has made for himself in the palm tree! I love the first picture — the lines of his body and beak follow the lines of the twigs. Very nice!

    • Thank you, Barbara! Many of the palm trees look like that one, peppered with holes. Then there’s the big holes where they have drilled out for a nest high above in the same trees. There are dozens of RBWoodpeckers in that one area, vying for those luscious berries to store for later!

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