The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is one of the more common birds you'll find around the area. It's range is all throughout the Southeastern United States and prefers swamp and riverside wooded habitats. It feeds on insects, berries and nuts and sometimes catches flying insects as well. The male red-bellied woodpecker excavates several cavities in dead trees, fence posts and yes.....maybe even the side of your home... and the female ultimately chooses the site that suits her best. These woodpeckers will also inhabit old excavated cavities, nest boxes and natural cavities instead of creating their own every time. Here on the course, we leave dead trees standing in out of the way areas to serve as nesting habitat for the Red bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers. In addition, we have several nest boxes that have been successful for the Red Bellied Woodpecker. In the far south, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker will have 2-3 broods per year. This can be especially fun if you have a nest box for them in sight and the parents both work very hard to feed the noisy young ones. The photo shows the red belly of this small woodpecker quite well, but often a visual of the belly is not easy to see in the field. Colorations and the intermittent flapping of wings are tell-tale indicators of this popular southwest Florida bird.