Feb 102017
 

I was at Lynde Creek, Whitby, on February 8 and came across this male Red-bellied Woodpecker. Is it true that this species is uncommon in the Kawarthas?

Brian Crangle

Note:  The Red-bellied is not a common woodpecker but its numbers are increasing each year. It now breeds in the Kawarthas south of the Shield and turns up regularly at a number of feeders, especially in wooded areas south of Peterborough. It is occasionally seen in the city, as well.  D.M.

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Lynde Creek, Whitby- Photo by Brian Crangle

Feb 042017
 

I had a male Red-bellied Woodpecker at my feeder on George street in Lakefield on February 2, 2017. It spent enough time on the feeder to identify and was confirmed by photo from David Wells. Great website!  John D’Andrea
For the past two days (Jan. 31, Feb. 1) our black sunflower feeder has been visited by a male Red-bellied Woodpecker. I’ve observed birds for a long time, but I have never seen one of these beautiful creatures. According to my Peterson Guide their range seems to be limited to south of the Great Lakes.We have quite a few Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. They gorge themselves at the feeder and in the process throw seed all over the ground. In contrast, the Red-bellied grabs a couple of seeds and flies away to return a few minutes later – not unlike the behaviour of chickadees. We live on the 4th Line of Asphodel, 2 km north of highway #7.  Bill Hooper

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Nov. 30, 2013 (Robert Latham)

Jan 172017
 

Every year  my wife and I are eager to see flocks of Snow Buntings. This year, I saw a very large flock on January 14 in a field just east of the 3rd line of Asphodel and the south side of Centre Line, just east of Westwood They flew around the field for five minutes or so before settling down. I estimate there were more than 250. Each year we see them in the same area. They move about from field to field but always seem to be in the same area. We also have a Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeder on the 6th line of Asphodel, west of Hastings.

Gene de st. Croix

Flock of Snow Buntings in a field

Snow Bunting in winter plumage (photo by Serena Formenti)

Jan 142017
 

Last week we saw this male Red-bellied Woodpecker at our feeder in Lakefield. He was eating sunflower seeds and feeding at the fat block. I couldn’t see the red belly, however. He was quite shy, so no real close-ups.

David Wells, Lakefield

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 – Lakefield – Jan. 2017 – David Wells

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Lakefield – Jan. 2017 – David Wells

Dec 192016
 

On December 10, a male Red-bellied Woodpecker arrived on our property and has been here ever since. It is feasting on black oil sunflower seeds at a windowsill feeder. We can view the bird from only a couple of feet away! It’s the first time we’ve ever seen one.

Neil Boughen, Warsaw

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Nov. 30, 2013 (Robert Latham)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker – Nov. 30, 2013 (Robert Latham)

Jan 282016
 

I have a male Red-bellied Woodpecker coming regularly to my sunflower feeders. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this species. It’s more yellow on the belly than red, which is confusing, given the name!  I also have at least three dozen American Goldfinches.

Sue Hill, Merino Road (off Wallis Drive)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker - Tom Baker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker – Tom Baker

Dec 022015
 

I believe these trail cam pics (one cropped) from Nov 23, 2015 at 9:39 am show  a Red-bellied Woodpecker (near the bottom). This is the only shot the camera caught of it. I have never seen a bird here before with an all-red top of the head. He returned on Nov. 24 and was once again with a Blue Jay. I have a suet feeder up at the house a few hundred feet away with Hairys, Downys and nuthatches there all the time, but the Red-bellied has yet to come over.

Kingsley Hubbs,
Gannons Narrows

Red-bellied Woodpecker -Kingsley Hubbs - Nov. 23, 2015 - Gannons Narrows

Red-bellied Woodpecker -Kingsley Hubbs – Nov. 23, 2015 – Gannons Narrows

Trail camera shot of Red-bellied Woodpecker (at bottom) Kingsley Hubbs, Nov. 23, 2015 - Gannons Narrows

Trail camera shot of Red-bellied Woodpecker (at bottom) Kingsley Hubbs, Nov. 23, 2015 – Gannons Narrows

Oct 272015
 

We have a Red-bellied Woodpecker at our feeder in west-end Peterborough this morning. It is coming to the mixed seed and sunflower seed feeders. We’ve never had one previously!

Robert Moos
Maple Crescent

(N.B.  Red-bellied Woodpeckers rarely turn up at city feeders. They are, however, becoming more common in the County, especially south and east of Peterborough. They are one of many southern species that are expanding their range northward.  D.M.)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) -  Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) – Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Jan 022015
 

As mentioned on Twitter, I had a visit from this Red-bellied Woodpecker at our peanut feeder. We are on Sandy Creek, where it meets the north end of Buckhorn Lake (near Lakehurst or Buckhorn, depending who you ask!).
It was just after 11 am on December 31st. She didn’t stay for long but fed for a few minutes, then headed off into the trees. I was happy to be able to get this shot through my kitchen window. We have resident Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers and frequent visits from Northern Flickers but this was my first time seeing a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Jennifer MacKenzie, Lakehurst

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) -  Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) – Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014