Monday, March 29, 2010

Smackin' the hickory nut

This Red-bellied Woodpecker has a hickory nut.
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I watched him for a while. He took it up to an old knot hole and wedged it in and started to work on it. I've eaten these hickory nuts before. I needed a hammer to get to the meat.

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Jane said...

Great captures, Steve. We used to hear these when we lived on the west coast of Scotland, but never saw them close up. Thanks for sharing:)

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Amazing shots, Steve. I once watched a Red Headed Woodpecker dispatch some huge bug and thought "glad that's not me." Fierce weapons, those sledgehammer beaks.

Denise said...

So enjoyable! Great photos! Clever little woodpecker.

Eve said...

That's a busy bird Steve. Great shots!

Steffe said...

Great shot of the woodpecker. A bit different from the one where I live.

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