The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)


I had to share this wonderful blog with all of you. You may recognize Loret from Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens or Beautiful Wildlife Garden. I stumbled upon this blog while in Florida and it is a wonderful way to learn about the plants and “critters” in that region. I look at EVERY post!

Central Florida Critter of the Day

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

diet: mostly insects, but as can be seen here enjoys seeds as well. Has been known to eat acorns and this week is quite fond of my loquat fruits. Nests in dead trees, so leave those SNAGS! Fascinating to watch this beauty.


Shown on Florida Native Plant: LONGLEAF PINE TREE (Pinus palustris)

My take:


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Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

2 thoughts on “Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

  1. We have these beautiful birds in our Alabama garden! It is always a delight to see them.

  2. I love Loret’s blogs and posts….I haven’t spied a red-belly in quite a while but I bet they will be around soon.

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