For the past four years we have been closely following and wondering about the Red-bellied Woodpeckers that have been around the arboretum. This is further north than their normal range and we wanted to know if they would survive the winters, let alone breed.

Earlier this year the MBO banded a juvenile which rather confirmed the suspicions we had that they were breeding (we knew they were paired off) and then a few weeks ago a couple of friends saw them in our town just a few streets away.

Everything comes to he/she who waits … this morning (well, bang on noon to be precise) he arrived on our feeders and the camera was handy. And on a Feederwatch day too!

… and we have had the Carolina Wrens several times recently … pictures of those too if you scroll down four or five postings.  We must be doing something right.

Red-bellied Woodpecker



(** Please check out yesterday’s post as well)