This is our typical view of the Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Oh, I wish you could show us your underbelly.
"All right, Lady. I'll stand upright so you can see the red feathers on my belly."
Thanks, but now I can barely see your head so it's hard to decide what kind of bird you actually are.
"OK. How's this?"
Perfect. Thank you very much.
We are delighted to have our Downys, Hairys, Red-bellieds, and Pileateds but I would dearly love to see Red-headed Woodpeckers in our forest. Oh, and I want a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker too. I've seen them in our community, but none near our house.
---------------I had a repeat endoscopy early this morning. I had so hoped (unrealistically it seem) the ulcer would be completely healed, but my gastroenterologist was quite pleased with 85% healing, given the large size of the ulcer. As long as I take my medications, I am free to eat whatever I want, so bring on the fresh raw veggies!!! No wine (or other alcohol) until my repeat endoscopy in eight weeks, but that's not a big deal. We've still got plenty of fresh local vegetables and fruits.