I looked hard for my 59th bird this month. Red-bellied Woodpeckers are not rare around here, but are not seen commonly like Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. South-western Ontario is the extreme northern range for these birds that make their home in the Carolinian forest. I have seen Pileated Woodpeckers more often and at a closer range than the Red-bellied variety. I have never been close enough to get a picture and have seen them only three times in treetops.
I was delighted to see this woodpecker on a tree at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre as it ate snow from a branch. I took several shots and watched it fly away. A few minutes later it landed on the feeder right in front of me and was not spooked at all as I took several pictures of it.
In fact it seemed to be posing for me from every angle. It was worth 23 days of searching to find this particular show-off bird!