Red headed or red bellied?
This photo of a red bellied woodpecker was taken to illustrate why they are called “red bellied” instead of “red headed.” Looking closely, the blush of red on the lower part of the bird’s belly near its feet is evident. It’s nothing that stands out or is outstanding, but yet the color is there and therefore the name is red bellied. The thing that’s interesting about this bird is that its normal range is well south of the Northwoods. Because of the climate becoming warmer, both this woodpecker and also the red headed woodpecker are now becoming more and more common in the Northwoods. [Photo by Gary Garton]