Herald homework: Walk inspired report on woodpeckers

One day I was walking in Yost Park with my family. In the forest we heard woodpeckers several times. This inspired me to study and write about woodpeckers. I picked my favorite, red-bellied woodpeckers.

Red-bellied woodpeckers are pale colored woodpeckers that have a red head. They have stripes of black and white on their back, alternating colors to make a pattern. These woodpeckers are 9 to 10 inches tall and have a wingspan of 13 to 17 inches.

You can find these unique birds in the Eastern United States forests at tree trunks, on middle heights and main branches.

Red-bellied woodpeckers eat mainly insects and spiders, but also grapes, hackberries, oranges and mangos. In the winter they eat peanuts and sometimes sunflower seeds. Red-bellied woodpeckers also eat berries from hawthorn and mountain-ash trees. These woodpeckers also have been seen drinking nectar from hummingbird feeders, so if you have a hummingbird feeder (and live in the Eastern United States), be sure to look out for these interesting rare woodpeckers!

Sebastian A.

fourth grade

Edmonds

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